Winner 2013 Webby Awards for Best Political Website
Top Banner, Site wide
Apr 17, 2014

 Choose a size
Text Size

Top Leaderboard, Site wide

Star-Spangled Baggage
Science Finds New Routes to Energy




Paul Robeson: A Life


Truthdig Bazaar
Desert Reckoning

Desert Reckoning

By Deanne Stillman
$24.99

more items

 
Report

A Tough-Oil World

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Mar 14, 2012
Azzazello (CC-BY)

By Michael T. Klare, TomDispatch

(Page 4)

In addition to all this, many of the most promising tough-oil fields lie in Russia, the Caspian Sea basin, and conflict-prone areas of Africa. To operate in these areas, oil companies will be faced not only with the predictably high costs of extraction, but also additional costs involving local systems of bribery and extortion, sabotage by guerrilla groups, and the consequences of civil conflict.

And don’t forget the final cost: If all these barrels of oil and oil-like substances are truly produced from the least inviting of places on this planet, then for decades to come we will continue to massively burn fossil fuels, creating ever more greenhouse gases as if there were no tomorrow.  And here’s the sad truth: if we proceed down the tough-oil path instead of investing as massively in alternative energies, we may foreclose any hope of averting the most catastrophic consequences of a hotter and more turbulent planet.

So yes, there is oil out there. But no, it won’t get cheaper, no matter how much there is. And yes, the oil companies can get it, but looked at realistically, who would want it?

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, a TomDispatch regular, and author of the just published “The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources” (Metropolitan Books).  To listen to Timothy MacBain’s latest Tomcast audio interview in which Klare discusses his new book and what it means to rely on extreme energy, click here, or download it to your iPod here.

Advertisement

Square, Site wide
Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch and join us on Facebook.

Copyright 2012 Michael Klare


New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

By prosefights, April 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

Readers may benefit from

Toward Energy Literacy

http://www.energypulse.net/centers/article/article_display.cfm?a_id=2526

Report this

By Jozef Oud, April 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

To quote the last line of this excellent article: Who would want it? Indeed! I certainly don’t. But we are all being forced into this even as clean, sustainable energy is abundant! I’m talking about HYDROGEN, the most common element on the planet. But the technology to use it is being suppressed by the fossil fuel companies. Wake up, people, defend our Earth against the evil greed. Demand we switch to clean energy by investing all that money it will cost to get the oil into renewables. Refuse to pay fuel taxes, break free, we’ve all been held hostage for far too long! Now is the time!

Report this

By diman, March 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

For those of you interested in the problem, watch the documentary “Collapse” with Michael C. Ruppert.

Report this

By prosefights, March 15, 2012 at 6:54 am Link to this comment

BEFORE THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC REGULATION COMMISSION

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF NEW MEXICO GAS COMPANY FOR APPROVAL OF 2012 ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAMS AND PROGRAM COST TARIFF RIDER PURSUANT TO THE NEW MEXICO PUBLIC UTILITY AND EFFICIENT USE OF ENERGY ACTS.

NEW MEXICO GAS COMPANY, Applicant.  )

Case No. 11-00369-UT

PROPOSED DECISION OF HEARING EXAMINER

http://www.prosefights.org/nmgco/intervene/hearing/hearing#response

Report this
Clash's avatar

By Clash, March 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm Link to this comment

Yup slim Picken’s buying up as much of the water in the Ogallala Aquifer as he can, so he can sell it back to?

I don’t no about spearing the Earth, and pumping toxic chemicals to cool drills, and hydraulically fracture rock for the gas, but the additives in the water sure taste great, probably good for you to?

Sorta like the Hanford plume.

Report this
Clash's avatar

By Clash, March 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment

March 11, passed by and I didn’t see any articles here about the emperors plans to back the building of 2 more machines from hell, happy Fukushima day.

I know they say it will all be cleaned up in 30 years, but I think they left some 0’s out of their number.

Report this
Clash's avatar

By Clash, March 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

The end of the age of oil, finally? That easy, I don’t think so, not till those who control the resources make the earth a grave.

Report this
Newsletter

sign up to get updates


 
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.