Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency

by Michael T. Klare

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AEP: A book about our dependence on oil and its ramifications.

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Publishers Weekly
The world's rapidly growing economy is dependent on oil, the supply is running out and the U.S. and other great powers are engaged in an escalating game of brinkmanship to secure its continued free flow. Such is the premise of Klare's powerful and brilliant new book (following Resource Wars). The U.S.-with less than 5% of the world's total population-consumes about 25% of the world's total supply of oil, he argues. With no meaningful conservation being attempted, Klare sees the nation's energy behavior dominated by four key trends: "an increasing need for imported oil; a pronounced shift toward unstable and unfriendly suppliers in dangerous parts of the world; a greater risk of anti-American or civil violence; and increased competition for what will likely be a diminishing supply pool." In clear, lucid prose, Klare lays out a disheartening and damning indictment of U.S. foreign policy. From the waning days of WWII, when Franklin Roosevelt gave legitimacy to the autocratic Saudi royalty, to the current conflict in Iraq, Klare painstakingly describes a nation controlled by its unquenchable thirst for oil. Rather than setting out a strategy for energy independence, he finds a roadmap for further U.S. dependence on imported oil, more exposure for the U.S. military overseas and, as a result, less safety for Americans at home and abroad. While Klare offers some positive suggestions for solving the problem, in tone and detail this work sounds a dire warning about the future of the world. Illus. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Since the United States will need to import 60 percent of its oil by 2010, most of it from now deeply anti-American countries, we had better start rethinking our energy politics. So argues the author of Blood and Oil. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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“Compelling and insightful...U.S. dependence on oil is not something that can be dealt with ‘down the road,’ Klare posits. He offers thoughtful solutions that, while expensive, are essential to escape compromising the principles of American policy. This powerful book forecasts that if we do not change the paradigm, the flow of blood will continue unabated while a dwindling supply of oil will threaten powerful and weak nations alike."

—H.C. Stackpole, Lieutenant General, USMC (ret.)

Blood and Oil is the most comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of America's military-petroleum complex available today. From our gluttonous demand for fuel to power our automobiles to the activities of Centcom in the Persian Gulf, Michael Klare is invariably incisive and accurate. With a petroleum import dependency well over fifty percent, the United States is digging its own grave.”

—Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

“Oil, says Michael Klare, makes us strong, but dependency makes us weak. His clear, informed, and troubling diagnosis of America's greatest addiction comes as oil’s rising cost in blood and treasure requires us to understand the greater perils to come. Blood and Oil proves that oil's substitutes—and especially their efficient use—are an even greater bargain than they look. Too much time has already been wasted on denial. America's security, power, and freedom now turn on our choice.”

—Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

“The rapid increase in the price of gasoline is a direct result of the failure of the U.S. to develop a realistic energy policy. As Michael Klare demonstrates in this provocative new book, we will continue to pay high prices and use military force unless we reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East. A must read for Americans concerned about national security and economic growth.”

—Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Blood and Oil throws into sharp relief the political and social dimensions of the most important problem of our times. Reasoned and readable, it sketches out the terrible consequences of our nation's immense and growing addiction to petroleum. This is an important book.”

—David Goodstein, author of Out of Gas

“Donald Rumsfeld famously declared that the Iraq War ‘has nothing to do with oil, literally nothing to do with oil.’ Nonsense, demonstrates Michael Klare, in Blood and Oil, a compelling new assessment of America’s bet on Middle Eastern oil as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Klare’s mastery of the interplay of natural resources and conflict is unrivaled, and his new study is timely and vitally important.”

—Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

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From Blood and Oil:

o In 1998, for the first time, more than half of the

United States' oil supply came from foreign sources. Imports of foreign petroleum are projected to rise to 60% in 2010, 65% in 2020,

and 70% by 2030.

o America's oil fields are experiencing irreversible decline. Even if reserves in Alaska's wildlife refuge are extracted, they will reduce U.S.

imports of foreign oil by only about 2% per year for the next two decades-an almost negligible change.

o To pay for all of this imported oil, American businesses and consumers will have to cough up an estimated $3.5 trillion between 2000 and 2025-

if oil remains within a moderate price range.

o Even more importantly, since most of the world's remaining oil resources are located in deeply unstable regions-over 65% in the Persian Gulf alone-military involvement to ensure access is inevitable.

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