Blood and Oil by Michael T. Klare
The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (The American Empire Project)

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From the author of Resource Wars, a landmark assessment of the critical role of petroleum in America's actions abroad

In his pathbreaking Resource Wars, world security expert Michael T. Klare alerted us to the role of resources in conflicts in the post-Cold War world. Now, in Blood and Oil, he concentrates on a single precious commodity, petroleum, while issuing a warning to the United States-its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer.
Since September 11th and the commencement of the "war on terror," the world's attention has been focused on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil. Klare traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II, revealing its influence on the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter doctrines. He shows how America's own wells are drying up as our demand increases; by 2010, the United States will need to import 60 percent of its oil. And since most of this supply will have to come from chronically unstable, often violently anti-American zones-the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea, Latin America, and Africa-our dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.
With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil delineates the United States' predicament and cautions that it is time to change our energy policies, before we spend the next decades paying for oil with blood.


About Michael T. Klare

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Michael Klare is the author of books including Resource Wars, Blood and Oil, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet and The Race for What's Left. A regular contributor to Harper's, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst.
Published April 1, 2007 by Metropolitan Books. 304 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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yet, Klare argues, what is certain is that the US is becoming ever more dependent on foreign sources of oil, “and thus increasingly vulnerable to the violence and disorder that accompanies oil production in politically unstable and often hostile producers.” Slightly more than half of the domestic...

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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.

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Klare wants to separate energy policy from overseas security commitments, warning, "Circumstances will force us to change our ways the days of petroleum plenty will not last forever."

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