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Oil Will Rule the World

A recent Mother Jones article explored our new energy-centric world order, in which "the price of oil will dominate our lives and power will reside in the hands of those who control its global distribution."

The intro explains that energy lies behind front-page headlines that might seem to be about an unrelated topic. For example, energy issues can explain the current food shortage and riots. Too many acres turned over to corn for biofuels; a drought in Australia and other climate change-induced weather; China's growing middle class's desire for meat, a food which uses much petroleum to produce — all contribute to the current food crisis.

Author Michael T. Klark says there are five key forces in a new energy world order that will change our planet. Including:

  1. Intense competition between older and newer economic powers for available supplies of energy. These rising economic powers (think China) will have to compete with the mature economic powers for access to remaining untapped reserves of exportable energy.

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  1. The insufficiency of primary energy supplies. Global supplies of existing fuels will not meet higher demands.
  2. The painfully slow development of energy alternatives. To meet soaring energy demand, we would need a massive influx of alternative fuels, which would mean equally massive investment.
  3. A steady migration of power and wealth from energy-deficit to energy-surplus nations. Surplus states will be able to get increasingly beneficial terms from the much wider pool of energy-deficit nations dependent on them for vital supplies of energy.
  4. A Growing Risk of Conflict. Throughout history, major shifts in power have normally been accompanied by violence.

Mother Jones features Klarke's very informative essay, exploring each factor and the new challenges facing the world. I suggest you take a look.

Do you think oil rules the world? What can non-oil-producing countries do to kick the habit?


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DCStar DCStar 9 years
Where is our Paul Muad d'ib to disrupt the flow and bring about order to our world?
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
nyaradzom2001 - you DO know who's been running America for the last eight years, don't you? raciccarone - ROFL. Nice.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
LMAO @ raciccarone. You know you silly. Those that have oil do rule the world. How much are you paying now at the pump?
Bookish Bookish 9 years
It would provide me no end of satisfaction if a more efficient, inexpensive, non-oil-dependent form of energy were discovered and made widely available in a short amount of time. Not only for the obviously fantastic things it would mean to people all over the world, but also just to be able to watch the people who now have a stranglehold on us because of our oil consumption realize they've been left behind. Oil? We don't need your oil. That's so 2008. Well, a girl can dream. Right?
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
We should invade an oil rich country in the Middle East.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I believe those that have oil will rule the world. Unfortunately, the US has oil fields that we refuse to drill. If we use our own oil, we don't need to purchase so much from countries that would prefer to see Christians under their foot.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
You know they were talking about the solar-powered cars of the future ;)
indielove indielove 9 years
That's the perfect photo for this topic: Saudi Arabia and Venezuela meeting. I wonder what they were talking about...oh, the mind reels.
indielove indielove 9 years
"Innovative new age technology for energy use is available we just have to have the will to use it on a mass scale." I agree, hypnotic.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Well as a consumer nation having 5% of the worlds population and consuming 25% of the energy we are already positioned at a disadvantage. Innovative new age technology for energy use is available we just have to have the will to use it on a mass scale.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Very interesting. I'm going to have to read this tonight. "the price of oil will dominate our lives" It already dominates mine. I paid $3.99/gallon for regular yesterday, and then decided I couldn't afford to get chicken for dinner as I'd originally planned.
stephley stephley 9 years
Maybe some little country somewhere can shrug this off, but oil definitely rules OUR world. If there ever was a time to consider the impact every action will have for the next seven generations to come, it's now.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Ther eis no way AMerica will let that happen, to have the middle east wield that much power?? Heck no!!! Oil rules the world but those who have it don't rule the world, they aren't savvy enough to consolidate their power or in some cses rich enough to even refine therefore they sell it to BP et all and buy it back once it's been refined, sehr sehr stupid.
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