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The Aspen Institute: Oil Funded Envronmentalism - Nathaniel Heidenheimer - 27-11-2008

Recently I read two books that mentioned the Aspen Inst. as crucial to the development of the modern Environmental movement.

On Myra's recomendation I finally got around to reading Donald Gibson's Battling Wall Street. The Aspen institute is also touched upon in a book called
A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order. This book was sprightly and fascinating. I strongly recomment it and will be typing more about it later.

The Aspen Inst. is mentioned in the context of the move away from the industrial growth advocated by Kennedy with his carefully DIRECTED tax cuts for direct industial research and investment-- and towards policies that benefited only oil and finance. Both books clarify the close relationship btw. the oil and banking industries.

The Aspen Institute seems worthy of further study and I was hoping others might post what they know about it.

Wiliam Engdahl, the author of A Century of War claims that the Aspen Institute was intrumental in creating the anti-industirial attitude of many middle class leftists of the late 1960s. He also claims that the Institute was crucial in running the successful anti-nuclear energy campaign in Germany, which benefitted the oil industry.

"The president of Aspen from 1957 to 1963, and then its chaimran, was Robert O. Anderson. Anderson was chairman of Atlentic Richfield, a corpotate offspring of the Rockefellers' Standard Oil Complex" (Gibson, p. 94)

The Aspen Institute: Oil Funded Envronmentalism - Peter Lemkin - 27-11-2008

The Institute's website is here I've been to some of their public lectures, as I used to live in Aspen. They are on the right of the 'environmental movement' - but still within it. They are heavily weighted toward Corporate America and the Corporate worldview. Another one of those 'thinktanks' and meetin' places to set priorities and programs....

The Aspen Institute: Oil Funded Envronmentalism - David Guyatt - 27-11-2008

Nathaniel, I agree with you that Engdahl's book "A Century of War" is a thoroughly absorbing book, well-written, very well researched and without being an expert on the issues it explored, I can't flaw it at all.

Many years ago now, I was in contact with Engdahl (who is a LaRouche man btw) about his book because as a young man I used to work in the London office of White Weld & Co., and knew some of the figures he quotes in his book concerning the origin and recycling of the Petro-dollar era -- and wanted to exchange some info with him.