Conflict over Oil
which are not free nor stable. Click on map for more details.
The increasing difficulties in maintaining high production rates is the key metric in this conflict. Although the earth may contain billions of barrels of oil or similar hydrocarbons, it is only the amount that can be extracted in a timely fashion that is use to economies and societies. There have been many examples of this extraction rate going into decline after a high point, a phenomenon called "Peak Oil." The United States experience Peak Oil in the early 1970's. As other countries, and ultimately the world as a whole, go into Peak Oil phases, competition is expected to become more intense.
The map to the right shows the political status of countries which export oil to the United States. The green countries are assessed as 'free' by the think tank Freedom House. The yellow countries are 'partly free' and the purple are 'not free.' The United States gets 60 percent of its foreign oil from countries which are neither free, peaceful nor stable. Click on the map to enlarge it and for a table and its accompanying story.
Oil Conflict - Stories, Links and Resources
about Oil Conflict
South Sudan orders resumption in oil output
www.capitalfm.co.ke - 2012-10-18
Saudi Arabia to Lead $740 Billion Oil Spending Through 2017
Bloomberg - 2012-10-08
South Sudan aims to end oil asset row with Sudan in 2 months
Reuters - 2012-10-06