Stories by Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare, a TomDispatch regular, is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left.  A documentary movie version of his book Blood and Oil is available from the Media Education Foundation. subscribe to Michael T. Klare's feed

Posted on: Jan 19, 2007, Source:

What lies in our future may well be a blend of conflicts between rising and declining energy superpowers and a state-protected nuclear renaissance.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2006, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

We're closer than we think to an age when gasoline becomes a luxury and restaurant meals become unattainable.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2006, Source:

Because global oil supplies are never likely to be truly abundant again, it would only take one major storm or one major crisis in the Middle East to push crude prices back up near or over $80 a barrel.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2006, Source:

The United States and the rest of the world would be much better off if we gave up on Bush's plan for global domination.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2006, Source:

Despite Bush's preoccupation with Iraq and Iran, the administration is more concerned with keeping China from becoming an economic and military superpower.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2006, Source: The Nation

President Bush's dangerous deal to deliver nuclear technology to India makes nuclear war all the more likely.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2006, Source:

America's closest ally has announced that climate change has ushered in an era of violent conflict over energy, water and arable land.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2006, Source:

There are many reasons to believe that, unlike the gas and electricity crises of the 70s, 80s and 90s, the energy troubles we now face will last for decades.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2005, Source:

The growing quagmire in Iraq has proven that the application of military force can diminish America's access to foreign oil.

Posted on: May 9, 2005, Source:

The competitive pursuit of oil and natural gas will inevitably pit major consuming nations against one another.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2005, Source:

Contrary to administration claims, Iran's nuclear program is not the paramount reason to attack the country. Any assessment of Iran's strategic importance to the United States should focus on its huge oil reserves.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2004, Source:

America is more dependent on foreign oil than ever before and the Bush administration has no exit strategy for getting out of the perpetual crisis.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2004, Source:

Under the pressure of Bush administration energy geopolitics (and under the guise of anti-terrorism), the U.S. military is being remolded into an oil-protection force.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

It is the open-ended war to dominate the Middle East and not the impending encounter with Iraq that is likely to prove truly costly and dangerous .

Posted on: Feb 11, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Despite media attention to U.N. resolutions and weapons inspections, it's the Bush blueprint for war -- fiercely debated for months among administration hawks -- that runs the show.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The president's case for war on Iraq can be boiled down to three phony assertions. The only real reason for the rush to war is oil.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2003, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

In his state of the union address, George Bush will not mention the two little words that sum up his push for war: oil and empire.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2002, Source: The Nation

The proposed war on Iraq may the biggest oil grab in modern history, providing hundreds of billions of dollars to U.S. oil firms.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

The aborted coup in Venezuela is just one piece of a broader plan to secure a global oil empire, stretching from Colombia to Uzbekistan.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

Any suggestion that Iraq, Iran and North Korea are allied against America is preposterous and the nuclear and biological arms threat they pose is better addressed without war rhetoric.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Bin Laden never mentions it in his calls for a jihad, and neither does Bush in his calls for a war against terror. But oil is central to both their plans, and Saudi Arabia is the key.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A professor of peace and world security charts out how the war against terrorism might evolve and escalate.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2001, Source: Pacific News Service

The terrorist strikes have been called an act of war against the U.S. But they were not mere expressions of anti-American or anti-Western sentiment; they were a major assault in the continuing struggle between the U.S. and its adversaries for control of the Persian Gulf.

Posted on: May 1, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Gas prices are on the rise -- and the Bush administration has declared access to oil a priority -- but absent is an obvious solution: sustained reduction in overall demand.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2001, Source: Pacific News Service

The real energy problem can only be solved by significant changes in the way we use power.

Posted on: Jan 15, 2001, Source: The Nation

Defense Secretary nominee Donald Rumsfeld is a most ardent advocate of ballistic-missile defense.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2001, Source: Pacific News Service

Growth and prosperity, expansion and new technology, all translate into unprecedented demand on natural resources. Unless international bodies come up with equitable methods for sharing what we have, some particularly bitter contests seem likely.

Posted on: May 3, 2000, Source: AlterNet

U.S. interest in Colombian oil, not just drugs, is driving our $1.6 billion aid package to the Colombian government.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2000, Source: Pacific News Service

The Clinton administration is asking for $1.6 billion to strengthen Colombia's military. The stated targets are narcotics traffickers and leftist guerrillas, but the real objective is literally out of sight -- buried deep underground in dark, untapped pools of rich oil reserves.