Looking at the "new international energy order," author and journalist Klare (Resource Wars) finds America's "sole superpower" status falling to the increasing influence of "petro-superpowers" like Russia and "Chindia." Klare identifies and analyzes the major players as well as the playing field, positing armed conflict and environmental disaster in the balance. Currently in the lead is emerging energy superpower Russia, which has gained "immense geopolitical influence" selling oil and natural gas to Europe and Asia; the rapidly-developing economies of China and India follow. Klare also warns of the danger of a new cold-war environment that would suck up resources that should go toward "environmentally sensitive energy alternatives." To avert catastrophe, he urges a U.S. diplomatic initiative to build collaboration with China (rapidly moving to second place in carbon emissions) to develop alternative energy resources, such as biodiesel fuels; ultra-light, ultra-efficient vehicles; and an innovative plan to use new coal plants, currently in-development, to strip carbon waste which can then be buried underground. Well-researched and incisive throughout, Klare provides a comprehensive but approachable overview of a complex problem, and offers promising policy alternatives to disaster.
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"A brilliant exposition on one of the gigantic problems facing society. Klare is a top expert on the politics of energy and resources. Read him!"—Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Dominant Animal
"Four centuries ago, as the conquistadors roamed through South America, it was the search for gold that drove the clash of empires. A hundred years later, as the great powers fought over the West Indies, it was the quest for land that could grow sugar cane. Today, the key commodity is oil. No one knows this subject better than Michael Klare, and his book is a trenchant and informative guide to what the fatal thirst for oil means for the tensions and rivalries of our fragile planet."—Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost
“If you want to understand the future of international relations, worry less about ideology and more about oil reserves. Michael Klare's superb new book explains, in haunting detail, the trends that will lead us into a series of dangerous traps, unless we muster the will to transform the way we use energy in this country. As illuminating as it is unsettling.”—Bill McKibben, author The Bill McKibben Reader
“Once again, Michael Klare has vividly spelled out the geopolitical ramifications of resource scarcity as he did in both Blood and Oil and Resource Wars. His new book deals with our pending clash as we enter an unprecedented time of surging demand for oil while its conventional supply peaks. The book is a serious must read for any student of geopolitics."—Matthew R. Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert
"When danger looms, ignorance is not bliss. Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet defines a new benchmark for understanding the perilous complexities of strategic natural resources and how they shape the modern world. Klare articulates his message with sober honesty and appropriate urgency. If knowledge is power, it is also empowering; let us use this information to rekindle hope and commit to action, vigorously adopting the practical and profitable solutions that already do exist."—Amory B. Lovins, author of Winning the Oil Endgame
This well-researched, data-rich, and thought-provoking book is a good primer for anyone who wants to be more literate about the geopolitics and geoeconomics of energy in the 20th... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Graybeard
Thinking about the wasting of the world's resources? Here is a book that tells you lots about how many countries are using, exporting and not noticing how this resource is... Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Sandra D. Lipsey
Michael Klare has established himself as one of the leading authorities on the geopolitics of resources. This book is the latest in a series of publications by him on the subject. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Ray
Looking at the other reviews enough has been said about this book's well written and argued thesis that the world's leading powers have entered into a geopolitical energy arms... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Daniel Calandro
Michael Klare's book is provocative and informative. It is interesting to read how Russia, China, and India are rising as major players in the quest for oil and natural gas. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by L. Lieb
Oil and other energy resources are the flashpoints of modern world politics, and they will be at the center of future conflicts. Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli
1. The International Energy Agency estimates a $5.1 trillion investment by 2030, for problematic fields in the Caspian Sea basin, the middle-east, and Siberia. Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by Golden Lion
This book was a real eye opener about the rising importance of geopolitics in the oil markets.Published on August 8, 2008 by John S