SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2008
Featuring a documentary film screening of
Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine presents
a pre-election forum
"OIL, WAR AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY"
with MICHAEL T. KLARE,
one of the world's leading experts on energy and security issues
"BLOOD AND OIL:
The Dangers and Consequences of America's Dependency on Foreign Petroleum"
based on his book, "Blood and Oil"
produced by the Media Education Foundation
On SEPTEMBER 27 a pre-election forum featured Michael T. Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and defense correspondent for The Nation Magazine. Klare is author of the new book, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.
Oil hit $100 and barrel earlier in January of this year and spiked to $147 a barrel in July. But unlike the oil shocks of the 1970s, this dizzying leap is not the product of an OPEC embargo or a sudden flare-up in the Middle East. Rather, it is a harbinger of a permanent new structure of world power, one in which market forces and military strength matter far less than the scarcity of vital natural resources.
Klare, a pre-eminent expert on resource geopolitics, forecasts a future of surprising new alliances and explosive danger. World leaders are now facing the stark recognition that all materials crucial for the functioning of modern industrial societies are being depleted at an accelerating rate. The only survival, Klare says, lies in international cooperation.
"Our military policy and our energy policy have become intertwined. They have become one and the same. ... And if we continue to rely on military force to solve our resource needs, we're in for a very bloody and dangerous and painful century indeed," Klare says in "Blood and Oil."
Proceeds benefit Squeaky Wheel Productions, nonprofit distributor of Between The Lines radio newsmagazine; and co-sponsors Greater New Haven Peace Council and the New Haven/Leon, Nicaragua Sister City Project. Media sponsors: The New Haven Advocate and Fairfield Weekly newspapers.
Please make checks payable to Squeaky Wheel Productions' nonprofit, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor, The Global Center.
Listen to Scott Harris' interview with Michael Klare before the event.
See a report summary of this event at Green Jobs Now Day of Action.
"Tomgram: Klare, Oil Rules!" tomdispatch.org, April 15, 2008
Read "The Klare Choice: Michael T. Klare argues for energy independence," New Haven Advocate interview with Betsy Yagla, Sept. 25, 2008.
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