You might be unaware that there exists a website dedicated to syndicating alternative press news stories. Maybe you don't even know what this means. Basically, this website alternet.org grabs the most left-leaning stories in all of the liberal media, offering a daily dose of how hugely screwed the world is. It can be a pretty enlightening read on a good day and a swift kick in the privates during less hopeful times. (See for yourself by joining its email list here or just keep following CityBeat's staff blog and we'll post links to the ones that scare us the most. ;)
Today's news story titled “The New 30-Years' War: Who Will Be the Winners and Losers in the Great Global Energy Struggle to Come?” landed somewhere in the middle. Here's an excerpt:
The fate of nations, too, will be at stake as they place their bets on competing technologies, cling to their existing energy patterns, or compete for global energy sources, markets, and reserves. Because the acquisition of adequate supplies of energy is as basic a matter of national security as can be imagined, struggles over vital resources -- oil and natural gas now, perhaps lithium or nickel (for electric-powered vehicles) in the future -- will trigger armed violence.
On one hand, the U.S. will have ample opportunity to invest in the technologies it believes will be thrive during the scary, scary future. But, on the other hand, companies such as BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell will have their dirty hands, faces and words in the discussion, probably hoping to squeeze the last bit of milk out of the dying coal and oil cows. (Let them die in peace, plz.)
This article offers five pages' worth
of insight on the issue. Feel free to add anything interesting it
says after Page 1, because I'm now looking at a headline that reads “How
I Found Myself a Little Too Dependent on Booze and Xanax” and I'm assuming I'm going to have to read the whole thing.