Blood and Oil
Published by Penguin Books
2004, 320pp, ISBN 0141020032, Paperback
Since September 11, 2001 and the start of the “war on terror”, the US and its allies have repeatedly denied any relationship between foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region’s soil.
At the same time, the United States’s natural oil reserves are gradually running dry, leaving it inevitably dependent on foreign supplies. By 2010, Michael Klare warns, the US will need to import 60% 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 — their dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.
With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil exposes the truth behind the rhetoric and cautions that the United States must change its energy policies — or else spend the next few decades paying for oil with blood.
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