Energy and security

meta-cre­ation_­date: 23 Decem­ber, 2003
Jef­frey Sachs “argues”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1071251729101&p=1045050946495 in the Finan­cial Times [sub­scrip­tion] that US mid­dle east poli­cies are dis­tort­ed by erro­neous caclu­a­tions of US ener­gy vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty. bq. “… his [Vice-Pres­i­dent Cheney’s] long-stand­ing vision of using mil­i­tary might to secure US ener­gy needs has been as erro­neous as his assump­tions about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruc­tion. At the root of his approach has been the arith­metic of glob­al oil sup­plies.” Cheney makes two mis­takes, accord­ing to Sachs # He equates ener­gy secu­ri­ty with petro­le­um access. The for­mer is not threat­ened if alter­nate sources of ener­gy, includ­ing alter­nate sources of hydro­car­bons, are devel­oped
# He wrong­ly assumes—in the face of decades of evi­dence of dis­atrous US intereven­tions in the Mid­dle East, some direct­ed by Mr Cheney [Iran, Sau­di Ara­bia, Iraq ]—that secu­ri­ty can be won by US mil­i­tary gar­risons

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