Environmental advocates have long protested the role that oil companies play in exacerbating the climate change crisis. Their voices have rattled some of the world’s most influential leaders, inspired meaningful reforms, and galvanized a desire for more clean energy solutions. This has led many to believe that the age of Big Oil is on its way out. But according to the feature-length documentary Why Big Oil Conquered the World, its reign has only just begun. The film theorizes that the industry is actually based entirely on the principle of exerting power over the people. Up until this point in history, oil has served as a means to that end.
This thesis begins with eugenics, a Darwin-inspired movement that supported genetic manipulation, and the breeding of new generations that would possess only the most desirable human characteristics. Many members of the elite threw their support behind the study and implementation of eugenics, including John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and their goals soon took on an even more sinister tone. They proposed the isolation, containment and complete control of “subnormal” populations, such as the disfigured, uneducated and impoverished. They lobbied for the power to decide who lived or died.
Their approach might have changed over the intervening years – and their harsh rhetoric softened – but their ultimate goals have remained unchanged. They’ve simply adopted a more polished public relations image. Meanwhile, the masses are oblivious to their nefarious ulterior motives. The oil oligarchies even worked to hijack the environmental movement, and perverted the message of conservation by suggesting population control as a means of reducing our carbon footprint. In recent years, their vocal support of the Paris Climate Accord has proven equally suspect. Can the culprits behind our current environmental catastrophes really be trusted to free us from them?
At times, the film plays like a science fiction based horror movie, but it provides substantial footage and extensive research in support of even its most outlandish claims. Direct quotes and on-camera sound bytes prove especially damning to the powerful figures at the center of these schemes.
Whether you embrace the film’s premise wholeheartedly, or remain skeptical of many of its accusations, Why Big Oil Conquered the World provides a wealth of eye-opening revelations that are worthy of consideration.
Directed by: James Corbett