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Oil Stains

Here’s an interesting little essay by Paul Roberts titled “The Undeclared Oil War”. Apparently China and Japan are locked in a bidding war over access to Russia’s Siberian oil fields.

“The petro-rivalry has become so intense that Japan has offered to finance the $5 billion pipeline, invest $7 billion in development of Siberian oil fields and throw in an additional $2 billion for Russian “social projects” — this despite the certainty that if Japan does win Russia’s oil, relations between Tokyo and Beijing may sink to their lowest, potentially most dangerous, levels since World War II.”

That sounds familiar. Aren't we sending 20 billion dollars a year to the Middle East? That's a rhetorical question. Yes, we are: 20 billion dollars every year to people who are trying to kill us. But we're not going to take it anymore!

"Lawmakers cheered as the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to strip financial assistance for Saudi Arabia from a foreign aid bill,"

Damned straight! Despite strong opposition from the Bush administration, our Representatives really stuck it to the Saudis. We really showed 'em who's boss!

"The House voted 217-191 to remove $25,000 in the $19.4 billion 2005 foreign aid bill earmarked for Saudi Arabia."

Huh? We're holding back 25 grand from a country that sits on top of the worlds largest reserve of black gold? Yep. We really showed 'em who's boss.

Paul Roberts continues, "...we are on the cusp of a new kind of war -- between those who have enough energy and those who do not but are increasingly willing to go out and get it. While nations have always competed for oil, it seems more and more likely that the race for a piece of the last big reserves of oil and natural gas will be the dominant geopolitical theme of the 21st century."

It definitely will if George W. Bush is re-elected. If you look at Bush's energy plan (chapter 8), you see a large section devoted to securing and investing in foreign oil production. Currently the United States is embarked on a strategy of stabilizing the Middle East so we can pour taxpayer dollars into increasing oil production there, we're building military bases and diplomatic alliances in Africa to protect access to oil on that continent, and we're staying involved in Afghanistan to keep a toehold in the Caspian Sea oil fields.

Do we have to play that game? No. John Kerry's energy plan will have us energy independent within ten years.

Posted by American Pundit at July 19, 2004 11:49 AM