Did we really only help Kuwait because of oil? Do we really fight in wars over oil? What will happen with humanity if and when we are ever free from our dependence on oil? Will we let countless millions die and say – “It is not our concern”?
Another Persons War
While we’re all focused on Bush and his mad drive for Middle Eastern oil, a character with just as much imperial desire is pushing to secure their own oil supply. Venezuela is one of the major oil producers in the world and has had an internal battle driven by Chavez to nationalize all the oil. Now that it is all under governmental control, this oil is being leveraged as a weapon against uncooperative governments. So when will this charismatic and aggressive ruler starts looking at moving into the neighboring areas with his newly purchased guns and ‘copters?
Plans on Making Fuel from Water
The very thought of making fuel from water is something that was confined to sci-fi movies or novels till recently. These days though with the rapid advances that science has made plans on making fuel from water are being researched by scientists from different parts of the world. Hydrogen, which forms a major part of the atomic structure of water, is being increasingly looked upon by today’s scientific community as an answer to the needs of an alternative fuel to gasoline. Although the research into making fuel from water is still at a pretty nascent stage, it could dramatically change our lives for the better if were to become a reality.
The Three Main Types of War-for-Oil Conflicts that May Occur
The types of war-for-oil conflicts that we will likely see are as follows:
There may be conflicts between oil-importing nations and oil-exporting nations when a powerful oil-importing nation deems an oil-exporting nation to have an “unacceptable” political regime. For examples, the current conflicts in Iraq and to a lesser extent, Afghanistan. Iran and Venezuela are potential targets for future US oil wars. Note the never-ending US rhetoric against both countries.
Conflicts between consuming nations are a great possibility. Using their large piles of US dollars, China has been locking up long-term oil contracts in Central Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere. Saudi Arabia, interestingly, has given almost all of their recent long-term oil contracts to China rather than the US. As you can imagine, this has bothered some US-based oil companies.
Civil wars will occur within oil-producing nations to gain control of power and resources. This was the case in Venezuela several years ago and more recently in Nigeria and Iraq. It is increasingly likely to occur in other Middle Eastern nations in the future, as the totalitarian governments supported by the West (in exchange for favorable treatment on oil supplies) begin to lose control over those they rule.