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Book Review: The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World by Paul Roberts

Published: 29-Jan-2005

In retrospect, one of the funniest lines about the US invasion of Iraq will be the one uttered by the war's defenders who managed to insist with a straight face that this wasn't a war for oil.

Oil is the lifeblood of the world economy. It is so deeply entrenched in our societies that it is an existential fact of life. And any country that happens to have a substantial share of the world's proven reserves will always be, to use a military term, a center of gravity.

But as the very lucidly written The End of Oil makes clear, the day of reckoning for the oil industry is in sight, at least for some of us, and the costs when the oil runs out and the world is forced to confront both its energy needs and its abysmal lack of preparation for a successor to petroleum are going to staggeringly high.


Visits to China, India, Malaysia and Pakistan are significant because the trip spells out the Saudi Kingdom's Look East policy, representing a new reorientation in its foreign policy that was heavily tilted toward the West.


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