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How the Big Energy Companies Plan to Turn the United States into a Third-World Petro-State

Will North America become not just the next boom continent for energy bonanzas, but a new energy Third World?

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According to the energy industry, we are at a fork in the road and can either chose a path leading to greater energy independence or to ever more perilous energy insecurity. But there is another way to characterize that “choice”: on one path, the United States will increasingly come to resemble a Third World petro-state, with compliant government leaders, an increasingly money-ridden and corrupt political system, and negligible environmental and health safeguards; on the other, which would also involve far greater investment in the development of renewable alternative energies, it would remain a First World nation with strong health and environmental regulations and robust democratic institutions.

How we characterize our energy predicament in the coming decades and what path we ultimately select will in large measure determine the fate of this nation.

Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, a TomDispatch regular , and the author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources just published by Metropolitan Books.

 
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