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Our looming energy wars
By Michael Klare, Salon.com

Three contested oil troves are on the brink of conflicts that could devastate the global economy

Welcome to an edgy world where a single incident at an energy "chokepoint" could set a region aflame, provoking bloody encounters, boosting oil prices and putting the global economy at risk. With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are, in fact, entering a new epoch -- the Geo-Energy Era -- in which disputes over vital resources will dominate world affairs. In 2012 and beyond, energy and conflict will be bound ever more tightly together, lending increasing importance to the key geographical flashpoints in our resource-constrained world.

by das monde on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 01:00:53 AM EST

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