Friday, December 21, 2007

The Great Oil Slick: Implications for Democracy, Terrorism, and the Environment

A recent John McCain article in Foreign Affairs magazine articulates some of the connections between energy policy, foreign affairs, and the environment:

"The transfer of American wealth to the Middle East through continued oil purchases helps sustain the conditions under which extremism breeds, and the burning of oil and other fossil fuels spurs global warming, a gathering danger to our planet." (Read the relevant section of the article at the bottom of the linked page.)

Future postings on this site will address (1) the links between oil-based economies, authoritarianism, and terrorism and (2) will include thoughts about how to promote ties between the environmental movement, pro-democracy movements, and national security hawks, with regard to these issues.