EDWIN BLACK ON THE OIL ADDICTION CORPORATE CRIME CONNECTION
NOVEMBER 10, 2006
Over 100 years ago, all of the cars
in America were electric cars.
In the 1930s, a criminal conspiracy
by General Motors, the oil and tire companies – destroyed the nation’s electric trolley system.
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford
collaborated to replace Ford’s internal combustion engine with lighter weight electric cars – but at the moment
of truth, someone sabotaged Edison’s batteries and torched his laboratory in Orange, New Jersey.
Edwin Black, author of a number
of best selling books including IBM and the Holocaust, now claims
that our addiction to oil is due in part to corporate crime and collusion.
In a new book, Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed Alternatives
(St. Martins Press, 2006), Black documents a little known history of how we ended up in our energy pickle.
Black is a committed anti-Nazi
who has dedicated much of his work to exposing the hidden history of how U.S. corporations – including IBM and General Motors – propped up the Nazi regime.
That’s why it comes as
a surprise that one hero of Black’s new book is Henry Ford.
“Ford is a hero in this book,”
Black said in a recent interview with Corporate Crime Reporter.
“Not a hero that I necessarily like, because right after the time frame of this book, Ford became the biggest anti-Semite
in the world.”