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Could NATO send rapid-reaction armed forces into developing countries to protect Western oil and gas interests? This has to be some idiot claim made by some radical leftist conspiracy-believers, no? Well, not really. In reality it was NATO’s own Jamie Shea, who made the announcement during a conference in London last week (see Foreign Policy: “Nato floats a losing idea“).
According to the few media who had any news on this, NATO has been talking to oil companies Shell and BP about these plans. Connect this to the rising interest in American military circles for the implications of dwindling oil reserves and it looks like military leaders are years ahead of political leaders in recognising the real challenges of our “energy descent”. Any European politicians awake?
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  1. Amazing. At what cost? Estimating that America’s War in Iraq costs $100B a year, how much could we reduce our oil usage per year through an investment of $100B annually? The US and other countries already protect oil tankers from piracy all around the world, would this NATO service be in addition to this already tax payer subsidized service?

  2. Take the Pledge

    All Presidential Candidates should make pledges like those below. If they refuse, then you should refuse to vote for them.

    1. No More Oil Wars.

    2. Work for independence from foreign oil on day one.

    3. No more wars for corporate profit.

    4. No more secret deals for $4 per gallon gas.

    5. No more Chicken Hawks promoting wars of choice when they themselves avoided combat.

    6. Make government green–if you can’t make what you have the most control over green, I don’t care about your plans to make the country green.

    7. No more torture.

    8. No more lying about torture.

    9. No more re-defining torture.

    10. No more drunken hunting.

    11. No more secret deals with big corporations to divide up the spoils before the war even starts.

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