Janet LiangGeography 5TA: Juan Garcia-EllinMarch 8, 2008Week 8 Response PaperNatural 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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