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Unformatted text preview: ush Doctrine » Each of the modern presidents who have had to address terrorist threats (Reagan, Clinton, Bush43) have asserted a right to “preventive” selfdefense, despite that preventive selfdefense has no standing in international law
• Obama has inherited this historical influence regarding US security Trends in Oil Consumption
Oil is currently the principle energy source of economic growth. The US, China, and India are consuming more oil, which fuels economic growth in these countries World Oil Consumption
World oil consumption was down in 2008 – 2010 from its peak in 2007, not because of conservation efforts, but rather because the world was experiencing an economic recession Is the World running out of Oil??
The world is not running out of oil
Given advances in technology, more oil continues to be discovered, despite that the world is consuming more oil
Since oil is the dominant energy resource in the world today, and the infrastructure is in place to find, process, and distribute oil, there is little incentive to pursue an alternative to oil Greenhouse Gases
—much of Africa and
virtually no greenhouse
As the world climbs out of
economic activity will
result in substantial
increases in greenhouse
gases, unless alternative
energy sources displace
Today, the market heavily
favors fossil fuels Does America Have More Oil?
In 1859, when oil was first discovered, America’s oil reserve was as large as Saudi Arabia’s is today
The US consumed almost all of its oil in the continental US in building an economy that has given America first
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2014 for the course POLS 1337 taught by Professor Barnes during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.
- Spring '08