June 13, 2008
Blood for Oil

Iím ashamed to say it but the first official formulation of war as the continuation of the oil business by other means was by Jimmy Carter in 1980. It came to be called the ďCarter Doctrine,Ē and its first misshapen spawn was a Rapid Deployment Joint Task force to conduct military operations in the Persian Gulf.

Further down the road would come such grotesqueries as Bush War I, the stationing of American troops in Saudi Arabia, Clintonís air war in Iraq, September 11, and Bush War II. And now, coming soon to a station near you, five-dollar gas.

For an intelligent (as opposed to insane) approach that could lead to actual energy security, read the essay by Professor Michael T. Klare of Hampshire College from which the following is excerpted:

Some policymakers who agree on the need to develop alternatives to imported energy insist that such an approach should begin with oil extraction in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and other protected wilderness areas. Even while acknowledging that such drilling would not substantially reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil, they nevertheless insist that itís essential to make every conceivable effort to substitute domestic oil supplies for imports in the nationís total energy supply. But this argument ignores the fact that oilís day is drawing to a close, and that any effort to prolong its duration only complicates the inevitable transition to a post-petroleum economy.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 13, 2008 01:00 PM
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If it comforts you any, one of George Orwell's assignments as a colonial policeman in Burma in the 1920s was to guard an oil refinery. This is an old business.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on June 14, 2008 1:41 AM
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