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The EU is unprepared for future conflicts over energy resources, according to a new report written for the meeting of EU leaders on 13-14 March. The report, seen by the Guardian, predicts that global warming might lead to energy wars, mass migration, failed states and political radicalisation. The report highlights the “scramble” over natural resources… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The news that Russia has planted its national flag on one of the oil-and-gas-rich areas of the Arctic received lots of coverage in the media and the blogs yesterday. Ironically, thanks to global warming, prospecting and potential exploration of the Arctic has become much more attractive to the countries surrounding the polar area and is… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In the UK’s Independent, David Strahan, the author of the excellent book “The Last Oil Shock: a survival guide to the imminent extinction of petroleum man”, uses new rumours of an imminent merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BP to make the case that the big oil majors are facing difficult times. The real motivation… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The New York Times has an interesting story on the rising costs for new power plants because of increasing global competition for raw materials such as copper, steel or nickel. The story shows that the so-called energy alternatives (coal, nuclear, wind power) will have their own challenges as demand growth for the raw materials needed… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

EU Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen warned on 5 June that Europe’s manufacturing industries are facing increasing challenges in ensuring access to the raw materials for their production. Many metallic minerals have to be imported into the EU and with the accelerating industrialisation of China, India and other developing countries, a global battle (for now mostly… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

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:… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer