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Notes from LeBillon2004

Notes from LeBillon2004 - Janet Liang Geography 5 TA Juan...

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Janet Liang Geography 5 TA: Juan Garcia-Ellin March 8, 2008 Week 8 Response Paper Natural resources and geopolitical concerns are interconnected both in the third world and developed nations in today’s rising crisis over energy consumption. While the United States holds 5% of the world’s population, it uses 25% of the world’s total energy consumed – from coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, and hydropower. Imports of oil are increasing worldwide that is currently leading to a “hard” path development that strives for energy independence from foreign countries by developing domestic resources. In Phillipe Le Billon’s “The Geopolitical Economy of ‘Resource Wars’,” well- managed resources can prove to be an asset to foster the development of countries, but at the same time, they can also instigate tensions between foreign countries such as: military deployment over resource sites, proxy wars, and coup d’etat. Historically, resources have influenced global powers as nations vie for raw materials and security advantage.
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