The Age of Xtreme Energy
June 24, 2010 8:38 AM Subscribe
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey (50 comments total)
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Michael T Klare (previously here
) has been writing for some time about the coming age of America's oil wars
. Recently with the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of
Mexico, he's been writing about the coming about of what he calls "The Era of Xtreme Energy
" and the extreme length we're going to have to go to secure it.
All the cheap, easy to get, high-quality petroleum has been exploited and what's left is hard to get (at the bottom of the sea), expensive/messy to extract & process (tar sands, etc), or located in politically unstable, and very often unfriendly, places (most of what's left). Even the Department of Energy
a sharp drop in projected future world oil output (compared to previous expectations) and a corresponding increase in reliance on what are called "unconventional fuels" -- oil sands, ultra-deep oil, shale oil, and biofuels.
We're going to have to go to greater and greater extremes to get the volume of energy we've grown accustomed to, and war is only one of those extremes. This at a time when the CIA's predictions about the decline of American preeminence are coming true 15 years early
Klare has also outlined four possible extreme energy nightmares on the order of the Deepwater Horizon
. What he didn't mention was the Deepwater Atlantis. It's currently pumping oil in the gulf while ~6,000 diagrams & documents vital to the safe operation of the rig have not been finalized
. If something as serious as what happened to the Horizon happens there, they literally do not have accurate manuals on how to shut the thing down.