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The crucial guide to the international politics of energy for these volatile times



The New Geopolitics of Energy

by Michael T. Klare

With a new Afterword by the author

“In this provocative study, Klare depicts a coming struggle for energy that will ignite dangerous geopolitical competition, with major states increasingly intervening in markets in an attempt to gain access and control.” —G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

“A brilliant exposition of one of the gigantic problems facing society. Klare is a top expert on the politics of energy and resources. Read him!” —Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Dominant Animal

“Michael Klare’s superb new book explains, in haunting detail, the trends that will lead us into a series of dangerous traps, unless we muster the will to transform the way we use energy in this country. As illuminating as it is unsettling.” —Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

“Policy makers and public alike, in all countries that import and export energy, need to read this book.” —Admiral Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence

“The book is a serious must-read for any student of geopolitics.” —Matthew R. Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet defines a new benchmark for understanding the perilous complexities of strategic natural resources and how they shape the modern world.” —Amory B. Lovins, author of Winning the Oil Endgame

As the world battles a staggering economic crisis, the need for global energy consumption decreases and it appears as though the threat of an energy shortfall has significantly receded. Yet the reprieve is only temporary, argues Michael T. Klare in his updated RISING POWERS, SHRINKING PLANET: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Holt Paperbacks; IBSN-13: 978-0-8050-8921-9; $16.00; April 1, 2009), now in paperback with a provocative new afterword. Klare covers the reasons to believe that consumption reduction will only be short-lived—and dangerous:

• the depletion of existing oil reserves continues to accelerate rapidly despite a decrease in usage
• major energy firms are scaling back their investments in costly alternative energies
• the leading producing countries fear losing power and therefore are taking volatile steps to keep their control over valuable production and delivery assets

World powers, such as the United States, that once held abundant raw materials have depleted much of their original natural wealth. Russia, once an impoverished world loser, is the primary broker of Eurasian energy, bringing in billions of dollars. The emerging powers of China, India, and volatile Iran also vie for control. Klare shows how those grappling to compete are forced to forge strategic partnerships—often cemented by massive arms transfers, troop deployments, and military alliances—with energy-rich states.

RISING POWERS, SHRINKING PLANET is even more indispensable now that the global economy is pulling money out of funding for alternative energy; without new energy policies, the radical shifts of power will only become more extreme. It is even more vital now, at the national and international level, to continue the development of new energy sources and climate-friendly industrial processes before it is too late.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michael T. Klare is the author of thirteen books, including Blood and Oil and Resource Wars. A regular contributor to Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, and the Los Angeles Times, he is the defense analyst for The Nation and the director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst.

RISING POWERS, SHRINKING PLANET: The New Geopolitics of Energy
by Michael T. Klare
Holt Paperbacks
IBSN-13: 978-0-8050-8921-9; $16.00; April 1, 2009