Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Peak Oil and National Security

Today on E&E TV:

Political instability in Nigeria, Iran and other nations is a major factor contributing to the high cost of crude oil. But is U.S. foreign policy to blame for the volatility of some of the world's top oil-producing nations? During today's E&ETV Event Coverage, Michael Klare, a professor at Hampshire College and author of the book "Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum," discusses the history of U.S. oil imports, foreign policy and the use of military force to solve energy-related conflicts. Klare, speaking at the Sustainable Energy Forum 2006, also explains the importance of considering oil as a matter of national security, and why scarcity and high prices will only increase the instability of oil-producing nations.
Just another reason to start looking at alternatives.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

How much of US electricity is now generated by oil-fired capacity? About 3%, correct?

Eric McErlain said...

That's about right, with percentages in certain regions -- like the Northeast -- a little bit higher.

Anonymous said...

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