Matthew Simmons, a fourth generation Republican, energy advisor to Bush White House, oil banker, peak oiler and now founder of offshore renewable venture-capital and think-tank Ocean Energy Institute makes shocking accusations against BP.

July17, Matthew Simmons calls for BP to be criminally and bankruptcy investigated, have military take-over, evacuate the Gulf. Gulf of Mexico has been killed, worst environmental disaster globally…
King World News interviews Matthew Simmons (mp3)

July 15th, 2010, 20 minute interview on Background Briefing, Ian Masters interview with KPFK – Pacifica Los Angeles http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/mp3/kpfk_100715_170004dbriefing.MP3
Matthew Simmons on BP Gulf deception (mp3)

Bloomberg TV, July 21, 2010
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“What we don’t know anything about is the open hole which is caused by the drill bit when it tossed the blow-out preventer way out of the hole…and 120,000 minimum of toxic poison

MSNBC, May 26
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  • BP will become bankrupt, clean-up of Gulf will cost over 1 trillion USD.
  • BP has been lying about the sealing of the leak, it continues at another site
  • the cyclone season will bring poisons to the surface that may kill people along the Gulf, requiring evacuation
  • worst environmental disaster in the history of the world
  • has spoken to Energy Secretary Chu, government scientists and industry insiders who support his claims
  • the only proven way to seal the leak is the use of a nuclear explosion, but this would take 6-9 months as the USA does not have any ready explosives, despite years of operation Plowshare
  • BP executives where partying on rig when explosion occurred
  • Republicans in Washington think this is conspiracy by Obama and environmentalists to stop offshore oil
  • Simmons hopes Obama can become like Lincoln and become great president to unite the country

Since Matthew Simmons works as an investment banker to the oil and gas industry, there are some that have put forward the theory that his doom-saying is merely a ploy to obtain more business for his business that finances oil and gas drilling rigs. However, Simmons appears quite sincere and has even founded a major alternative energy foundation, the Ocean Energy Institute. The Ocean Energy Institute researches and develops energy sources from the oceans such as wind energy and tidal energy

Source: Wikipedia

Readers here at Clusterfuck Nation are probably well aware of my past declarations of being allergic to conspiracy theories and crazy ideas generally. I’m not really equipped to evaluate Matt Simmons’s warnings about the exact nature of the Macondo blowout and what might happen in the months ahead. But I am confident, having met the guy and corresponded with him and read his books, that he is a straight shooter. I’m sure that he is sincere in proclaiming his extreme discomfort with the position he’s taken. Listen and decide for yourselves. (SIMMONS INTERVIEW WITH ERIC KING)

Source: Clusterfucknation

UPDATE: We have created a project group on our Permaculture GROUPS free cooperative Mycological Response Teams group, along with start-up projects and tasks and documents and members. Please consider joining by Nicholas Roberts, Permaculture Cooperative

The Petroleum Problem - Paul Stamets

The Pertroleum Problem - Paul Stamets

I (Paul Stamets) proposed in 1994 that we have Mycological Response Teams (MRTs) in place to react to catastrophic events, from hurricanes to oil spills. by The Petroleum Problem: Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, author Mycelium Running writes a response to the BP oil volcano in the Gulf , via Toby Hemenway author of Gaia’s Garden


Full Text: The Petroleum Problem – Paul Stamets (Copyright 2010)

The BP oil spill has inflicted enormous harm in the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to do so for months, if not decades, to come. I have many thoughts on this disaster. My first reaction is that when the skin of the Earth is punctured, bad things can happen.

Clearly, this disaster could and should have been prevented. Despite all their assurances of safety, BP and/or BP’s subcontractors, failed to ensure the functionality of the emergency equipment on the Deep Horizon rig. The oil industry claims that further regulation will handcuff them, but it is now obvious that more steps need to be taken to prevent a catastrophe like this from ever happening again.

How can we help?
Knowing that the extent of this disaster eclipses our mycological resources should not be a reason to not act.

I proposed in 1994 that we have Mycological Response Teams (MRTs) in place to react to catastrophic events, from hurricanes to oil spills. We need to preposition composting and mycoremediation centers adjacent to population centers. We should set MRTs into motion, centralized in communities, which are actively involved in recycling, composting and permaculture—utilizing debris from natural or man-made calamities to generate enzymes and rebuild healthy local soils.

I see the urgent need to set up webinar-like, Internet-based modules of education to disseminate methods for mycoremediation training so people throughout the world can benefit from the knowledge we have gained through the past decade of research. Such hubs of learning could cross-educate others and build a body of knowledge that would be further perfected over time, benefiting from the successes and failures of those in different bioregions. The cumulative knowledge gained from a centralized data hub could emerge as a robust yet flexible platform that could help generations to come. Scientists, policy makers, and citizens would be empowered with practical mycoremediation tools for addressing environmental disasters.

Full Text: The Petroleum Problem – Paul Stamets (Copyright Paul Stamets 2010)

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1. Paul Stamets on the Oil Spill (Toby Hemenway)

We just spent a wonderful week with Paul Stamets at his place in the Gulf Islands, and while we were there, the BP Crisis Management Team called to get his advice. In a way, that’s pretty encouraging. People here were wondering what Paul’s got to say about the mess, and after the call he put together a position paper on the spill and mycoremediation. It’s at


Paul asks that this link go to anyone who can help.


hey Toby,
thanks for this…
great resource, couple of questions, observations, dont really expect you to have all the answers, though I think its worth putting it out there

1. I wonder how we could actually use this information to develop a gaia permaculture response ?
2. how do we organise networks and teams of permaculture activists to use this knowledge on the ground/in-the-water now?
3. can we develop a faster and tighter network of expertise, i.e. the spill was weeks ago, could we make responses faster from experts such as Stamets and youself ? could we develop a network of experts to respond and anticipate such disasters, events etc and feed this organic geo-engineering into the policy mix, the activist strategies and techniques ?
4. could we develop a media team that makes video, education, howtos, implementation kits for such events as the spill ? could we set-up a fund-raising team to buy the spore, the medium, distribute and train activists in the field, measure results ?
5. did you discuss genetically engineered fungi, microbes etc ? are any on that list ?


Source: Email exchange on the Permaculture Ibiblio email list

Permaculture with a Mycological Twist, The Stametsian Model for a Synergistic Mycosphere

Reprinted from Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets, ©1994, all rights reserved.

Click here to for an interactive diagram outlining the application of fungi in permaculture.

Permaculture is a concept pioneered by Australian Bill Mollison and literally means “permanent agriculture”. His model of biological diversity and complementary agricultural practices promotes a sustainable environment via the interplay of natural ecosystems. Permaculture has gained a huge international following with the publication of his book Permaculture: A Practical Guide for a Sustainable Future. Permaculture has become the mainstay philosophy of the organic movement. Mollison’s vision, which borrows from Masanobu Fukuoka’s “One Straw Revolution”, intelligently combines the factors of site location, recycling of by-products from farming and forest activities, species diversity and biological succession.

Source: Permaculture with a Mycological Twist

This map of the northern Gulf of Mexico shows the nearly 4,000 active oil and gas platforms.

oil rigs in the gulf

oil rigs in the gulf

Source: NOAA

California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, withdrew his support on Monday for a plan to allow new wells to be drilled from an existing platform off the coast of Santa Barbara. President Barack Obama has also suspended plans to expand offshore oil drilling

Source: SMH

BP p.l.c., is a global oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Britain. In 2003 the company had revenues of $233 billion, with oil and gas exploration projects in 26 countries, production plants in 23 countries and owns 27,800 petrol stations. The company also owns 23 refineries and 32 chemical manufacturing plants around the world.

Source: BP, Sourcewatch

The state of Louisiana’s governor has declared a state of emergency due to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded on April 20 and left 11 workers missing and presumed dead. An unfolding environmental crisis resulted as the spill made its way within 20km of the US coastline by Thursday. The spill was expected to hit land by Friday.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has reversed his position on off-shore drilling in the wake of the BP oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Schwarzenegger now says that he no longer supports an effort to open California’s coast near Santa Barbara to new oil drilling. The governor had backed the new drilling because it would generate about $100 million in state tax revenues. But the new money, he said yesterday, according to the Chron, isn’t worth it:

“You turn on the television and see the enormous disaster, you say to yourself, ‘Why would we want to take that risk?’ The risk is just much greater than the money is worth, and so we will figure out how to deal with the extra $100 million problem.”

Source: East Bay Express

BP’s oil ‘volcano’ puts a damper on drill, baby, drill

More than just a leak or spill, this is a gusher! The Deepwater Horizon rig leased by BP is spewing 200,000 gallons of oil a day with no end in sight, after it exploded and caught fire two weeks ago. Is this nature’s way of prodding the Congress to pass a comprehensive climate bill, with an emphasis on renewable energy sources?

With high demand for oil in the U.S., that vision seems like a pipe dream. We need the jobs; there are more than 35,000 workers in the Gulf’s offshore operations. Developing energy alternatives could take decades. Despite this huge environmental disaster, offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to continue. The Gulf coastline already has been turned into oil fields with the most sophisticated technology and deep-drilling floating rigs and is a fast-growing source of domestic oil supplies.

For now, the White House won’t allow new drilling permits until the accident is investigated and the cause determined. Certainly new government oversight and more stringent safety measures will be necessary — no more self-regulation for BP, which fought industry mandates for remote control shut-off switches.

Source: Examiner

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