Thursday, April 23, 2009

Would more offshore oil drilling, on the coasts of the U.S., weaken the oil motive for U.S. wars in Africa and the Middle East?

"Off shore oil rig about twenty minutes past sunset. Catalina Island
off the coast of Southern California, is visable in the background."
Photo and caption---arbyreed.

by Ann Garrison

No, it would not. More drilling here, offshore or on, will only feed the dirty energy infrastructure that the U.S. is now in a state of perpetual war, the War on Terror, to sustain, in the Middle East and Africa---even though more than half the U.S. federal budget is worse than squandered on our military machine, the largest and most lethal in history.

This week I wrote an article, "To drill or not to drill, for oil and gas, on the Outer Continental Shelf?", after the last of four public hearings on the Atlantic, Gulf, Pacific, and Alaskan coasts, on the extension of oil and gas drilling leases into the entire 1.7 billion ocean acres of the Outer Continental Shelf, a surface area as large as the U.S. itself.

I wanted to share this issue now contested in the U.S., on Colored Opinions, and add, for what may include an audience outside the U.S.A., and some African audience, that drilling for oil and gas in the U.S. will neither create illusory "energy independence," nor discourage more foreign wars for oil and natural gas.

I try to point out, whenever I can, that Africa has surpassed the Middle East as a source of U.S. oil imports.

See the Institute for Policies Studies video Resist Africom.

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