Sunday, February 15, 2009

Another Type of Energy Insecurity

We all know oil supplies are finite and potentially at or beyond peak production. And we also know that geopolitical factors can have a big impact on US access to (and the price of) oil. But a year ago how many would have predicted that modern-day pirates would join the fray to add yet one more dimension to energy supply uncertainty. 

Once again, a DOD that likes to plan and equip for big battles has found itself in an asymmetric situation for which it seems ill equipped. While there are signs we're beginning to figure this problem out, here is another good reason to accelerate efforts to get off, to the greatest extent possible, the stuff that gave the pirates who hijacked the Sirius Star super tanker a multi million dollar pay day.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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