Is America an Energy Superpower Once Again?
If oil and gas is a profoundly dynamic phenomenon, then so too must be environmental risk and conflicts over natural resources — and we are not getting the full picture from the mainstream media, according to Michael T. Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, TomDispatch blogger, and author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Metropolitan Books, 2008). As risk multiply, conventional sources evaporate and we are left with “extreme” energy, renewables may be the only way to avoid war and disaster.
In this Tom Dispatch exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, Klare discusses:
• Why we are talking about a “resurgence” of American power
• Why the issue of U.S. natural gas exports is a geopolitical dilemma
• Why Myanmar is important but not critical to the U.S. Asia-Pacific “pivot”
• Why Myanmar is critical to China
• Why India and Japan are key to the U.S.’s evolving Asia policy
• Why the shale revolution is the number topic around the world
• Why unconventional oil and gas has the unfair advantage
• Why WE don’t need Keystone XL, but the tar sands industry is desperate
• Why the renewables are the only way forward
Oilprice.com: In a recent article, you opined that “Militarily, culturally, and even to some extent economically, the U.S. remains surprisingly alone on planet Earth in imperial terms, even if little has worked out as planned in Washington.” Can you add to this from the perspective of the unconventional oil and gas boom in the U.S.?
Michael Klare: The United States emerged from the end of the Cold War with the most powerful military force on Earth and, because of the decline of the USSR and its other rivals, was seen as the world’s dominant power. In recent years, however, the rise of China has led some analysts to question America’s overwhelming superiority, saying that China’s accumulation of economic and technological power will allow it to compete on equal terms with the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.