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Old 02-01-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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"A major conflict in the Persian Gulf could interrupt oil supplies and have massive repercussions in the US. "

"Although the Egyptian uprising or revolution is hundreds of miles removed from the Persian Gulf, where 18% of the world's total trade in crude its shipped through the Strait of Hormuz, a common spirit of rebellion has spread in the region."

How Protests in the Middle East Could Choke Our Oil Addiction | Environment | AlterNet
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The opponents of the authoritarian kingdom in Saudi Arabia have noticed what is going on and the dominoes are falling. When there is a genuine threat to our buddy the King of Saudi Arabia, America will be quick to intervene, and that will suddenly become the real powderkeg waiting to detonate. America's interests will be seriously impacted by either a liberal or a conservative movement in a non-authoritarian Saudi government, and we'll wind up arming the king against any thrats.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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When Iraq killed tens of thousands of its own citizens, before we took it over, the world and the U.N. did nothing. So just wait for one of these Arab leaders to do the same thing. For some reason if Israel is not involved no one cares.

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Old 02-01-2011, 08:51 PM
 
Location: WA
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The primary suppliers of oil to the US are Canada and Mexico. We also have plenty of oil if we would only find the will to drill for it.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:26 AM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I think the US is loathe to drill in its offshore areas because of the supposed lack of oversight (can't say I totally agree with this, but there you have it). And I consider the situation in Mexico to be far worse than what's going on in the Middle East right now. Canada's oil is increasingly in hard to reach oil shale, which also requires vast amounts of energy to extract.

So, the Mexican oil and the Canadian oil are at risk and hard to get at, respectively, and US oil is being over-regulated. That leaves the oil in the Baltic and North Seas, Brazil, Russia, and Sub-saharan Africa and the Middle East. Brazil would rather sell it to China, Russia sells most of its oil to Europe, and the Chinese have pretty much scooped up Africa.

So, having multiple sources of oil is in the current best interests of our country from a competition standpoint (competition -> lower prices in theory). And having a democratically elected populace in the Middle East devoid of US pressure to keep prices down is bad for us because a) we haven't kicked the "foreign oil" habit and b) last I checked, electric and hybrid cars haven't increased our efficiency by all that much and c) a democratically elected populace with a well-informed and well-paid populace will demand more of its own oil and demand better prices.

That said, I do hope that democracy or at least the "will of the people" (even if it turns out to be a 'benign dictator', if there is such a thing) comes to fruition in that region. We need to learn to be more self-sufficient when it comes to energy, and increasing efficiency will allow expansion of the energy output and therefore quality of life, and they will have to learn to expand their industrial base and skillset beyond oil.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:41 AM
 
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I agree that the situatio in mexico is worse for us than that in egypt. Beside I doubt the straits are threatened with this protest.Saddam threatened it much more as does Iran.
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