Blood and Oil

The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum

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Michael T. Klare

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From the author of Resource Wars, a landmark assessment of the critical role of petroleum in America's actions abroad

In his pathbreaking Resource Wars, world security expert Michael T. Klare alerted us to the role of resources in conflicts in the post-Cold War world. Now, in Blood and Oil, he concentrates on a single precious commodity, petroleum, while issuing a warning to the United States-its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer.
Since September 11th and the commencement of the "war on terror," the world's attention has been focused on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil. Klare traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II, revealing its influence on the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter doctrines. He shows how America's own wells are drying up as our demand increases; by 2010, the United States will need to import 60 percent 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-our dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.
With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil delineates the United States' predicament and cautions that it is time to change our energy policies, before we spend the next decades paying for oil with blood.

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From Blood and Oil:
o In 1998, for the first time, more than half of the
United States' oil supply came from foreign
sources. Imports of foreign petroleum are
projected to rise to 60% in 2010, 65% in 2020,
and 70% by 2030.
o America's oil fields are experiencing irreversible
decline. Even if reserves in Alaska's wildlife
refuge are extracted, they will reduce U.S.
imports of foreign oil by only about 2% per year
for the next two decades-an almost negligible
change.
o To pay for all of this imported oil, American

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“Compelling and insightful...U.S. dependence on oil is not something that can be dealt with ‘down the road,’ Klare posits. He offers thoughtful solutions that, while expensive, are essential to escape compromising the principles of American policy. This powerful book forecasts that if we do not change the paradigm, the flow of blood will continue unabated while a dwindling supply of oil will threaten powerful and weak nations alike."
--H.C. Stackpole, Lieutenant General, USMC (ret.)

Blood and Oil is the most comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of America's military-petroleum complex available today. From our gluttonous demand for fuel to power our automobiles to the activities of Centcom in the Persian Gulf, Michael Klare is invariably incisive and accurate. With a petroleum import dependency well over fifty percent, the United States is digging its own grave.”
--Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

“Oil, says Michael Klare, makes us strong, but dependency makes us weak. His clear, informed, and troubling diagnosis of America's greatest addiction comes as oil’s rising cost in blood and treasure requires us to understand the greater perils to come. Blood and Oil proves that oil's substitutes—and especially their efficient use—are an even greater bargain than they look. Too much time has already been wasted on denial. America's security, power, and freedom now turn on our choice.”
--Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder and CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute

“The rapid increase in the price of gasoline is a direct result of the failure of the U.S. to develop a realistic energy policy. As Michael Klare demonstrates in this provocative new book, we will continue to pay high prices and use military force unless we reduce our dependence on oil from the Middle East. A must read for Americans concerned about national security and economic growth.”
--Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Blood and Oil throws into sharp relief the political and social dimensions of the most important problem of our times. Reasoned and readable, it sketches out the terrible consequences of our nation's immense and growing addiction to petroleum. This is an important book.”
--David Goodstein, author of Out of Gas

“Donald Rumsfeld famously declared that the Iraq War ‘has nothing to do with oil, literally nothing to do with oil.’ Nonsense, demonstrates Michael Klare, in Blood and Oil, a compelling new assessment of America’s bet on Middle Eastern oil as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. Klare’s mastery of the interplay of natural resources and conflict is unrivaled, and his new study is timely and vitally important.”
--Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

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Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the author of fourteen books, including Resource Wars, Blood and Oil, Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet and The Race for What's Left. 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.

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Blood and Oil
The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum
Michael T. Klare

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429900577
ISBN10: 1429900571
288 pages
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August 2005
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