The Politics Of Oil Industry

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The Politics of Oil The world as we know it is heavily dependent on oil as our primary energy source, even though we are in constant search of alternatives. After nearly 100 years of searching for something different, oil remains the most reliable. Oil is used for everything from technology to transportation to food and business, yet it is not in a never-ending supply. This is where the politics come into play. According to the International Energy Agency, oil comprises 31% of the total world energy supply, as of 2013. (Walker, Andrew.) So when the world needs oil as 31% of its energy needs, it is clear how powerful this non-renewable energy source truly is. (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.) As J. Paul Getty stated, “Formula for success: rise early, work hard, strike oil.” Oil prices are ever-changing, and in our quest for cheaper oil, those countries that have the natural reserves drive the market. This often causes conflicts within the system of global politics. Reading The Pelican Brief, by John Grisham, draws the reader into the world of geopolitics. Because of John Grisham’s background in law, he can provide us a unique insight into the world of law, politics, and even the environment. Oil is power, and not just as an energy source. Oil continues to be a source of political dominance and control. (Walker, Andrew.) Oil is also very profitable to the countries which produce and export it, as many of the newer oil-producing countries are finding out.
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