The Geo-Politics of Oil and Gas That the Media Avoids
Or Media Broadcasts as Shadows on the Wall
By Edwin L. Young, PhD
March 19, 2010

 This is just more on what I have been writing about for the last fifteen years regarding the topic of the role of types and locations of energy sources and their relation to national and world politics (disregarding for the moment their relation to climate change). 

Energy and geo-politics, of course, is left out of the medias’ discussions about the relations with China, Russia, India, the EU (mainly importers except for Norway), and especially the Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, the Balkans and Turkey, north western Africa, and Venezuela, Mexico, Pacific Region, and of course, Canada.  Two topics looming large in this geo-political configuration are conquest or cordoning off gas and oil producing countries and maintaining military presence to guard pipelines.  My speculation is that our huge defense budget, when compared with the rest of the world, I due to the quest for access to oil and gas in these countries.  A secondary concern must be the shift in dominance in financial markets from the US to the major oil and gas producing nations and to China due to the success in managing its people and it economy.

            This is what the international acrimonious spats are about and not human rights abuses and religious differences.  These latter are mere shadow figures that nations manipulate and cast on the media screens to evoke yeas and boos within the various national players’ populaces to secure their passive acceptance of otherwise dastardly cloak and dagger plots and the Machiavellian machinations of gigantic corporations. 

 TABLE OF REFERENCES

OIL AND POLITICS

Greatest oil reserves by country:  http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0872964.html

For many other related URLs, see http://www.google.com/search?aq=0&oq=oil+and+gas+reserves&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=oil+and+gas+reserves+by+country

GAS AND POLITICS

Greatest gas reserves by country:  https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2179rank.html  (Note that I particularly cited the information collected by the CIA on this topic.) also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_natural_gas_production 

For many other related URLs, see http://www.google.com/search?aq=1&oq=gas+reserves&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=gas+reserves+by+country+2009

 REFER BACK TO MY EARLIER EMAIL ON PIPELINES AND RELATED MAPS FROM:  http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11680