Tuesday, October 17, 2006

OPEC Embargo

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October 17th, 2006

in 1972, Professor Karl Ainsworth, Doctor Yvette Montclair and Officer Xavier Hely eavesdrop on a meeting of the mysterious cult of the Lascaux Cave, paying very special attention to the robed and hooded leader of the cult. As they conduct their ancient rites in a strange, guttural language, Professor Ainsworth finally places the language – it is spoken Sanskrit. He turns on his recorder again, hoping to get enough to translate later. The trio watches as a young woman is brought, struggling, to the center of the forbidden passageway and restrained. They all hear the great cave bear shuffling forward, then, and Officer Hely is unable to restrain himself. He bursts from their hiding spot and fires his tranquilizer rifle at the bear, hitting it twice. The cultists then overpower him, in spite of the supporting fire that Ainsworth and Montclair give him. Seeing the policeman go down, Ainsworth turns to Montclair and tells her, “Run – he's done for.” They retreat from the cave, firing at the cultists as they flee. When they reach their car, they are surrounded by the cultists and have to run over a couple before they are able to escape; Ainsworth has to roll down his window and stick his head out because the windscreen of the car is cracked by their attack. “I can't believe we just left Xavier,” Montclair says, her voice full of anger. “If we hadn't, we'd have been captured, as well,” Ainsworth says, bitterly. “I'm not happy about this, either. Trust me – we're going to make them pay for this. But we can't do that if we're their captives.” She turns away from him and he drives in silence back to the Dr. Roman Pelliot's house. When they get there, though, he sees that a couple of cultists have beaten them to the destination, and are waiting for them. Ainsworth points the car at the highway and leaves Montignac, telling Dr. Montclair, “We'll come back in the daylight.”

in 1973, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, better known as OPEC, announces an embargo against the western nations that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War. Although the non-Arab nations of OPEC break the embargo, oil still becomes scarce in the west. Barely a year into his first term in office, President George McGovern of the US faces the challenge with all the courage he learned as a pilot in World War II. He tells the nation, and the world at large, that “America will not be blackmailed into abandoning its allies,” and begins an emergency program to develop alternative fuels for the nation. By the end of his second term, President McGovern's Alternate Fuels Initiative has replaced 15% of the nation's consumption with solar power, wind power, geothermal energy and biofuels. With the support of every congressman and president since then, the AFI now supplies 80% of America's energy needs.

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