Oil's 'Vectors of Crisis'

The world is facing multiple energy crises, writes Michael Klare: Accelerating worldwide demand for oil and dwindling supplies and the growing ecological consequences of our oil dependence.

"President Bush's State of the Union comment that the United States is 'addicted to oil' can be read [as an ominous admission] that top officials have come to realize that the United States and the rest of the world face a new and growing danger â€" a permanent energy crisis that imperils the health and well-being of every society on earth.

"...The sole way out of this trap is to bite the bullet and adopt heroic measures to curb our fossil-fuel consumption while embarking upon a massive program to develop alternative energy systems...All funds now slated for highway construction should instead be devoted to public transit and high-speed inter-city rail lines and all new cars sold in America after 2010 should have minimum average fuel efficiencies of 50 MPG or higher. This will prove costly and disruptive -- but what other choice is there if we want to have some hope of exiting the permanent global energy crisis before the global economy collapses or the planet becomes uninhabitable by humans."

Full Story: The Permanent Energy Crisis

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