The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

09 June 2013 - Event
09 June 2013

 Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author of The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources (2012) , Blood and Oil (2004) and Resource Wars (2002).

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion---a crisis that encompasses shortages of oil and coal, copper and cobalt, water and arable land. With all of the Earth’s accessible areas already being exploited, the desperate hunt for supplies has now reached the final frontiers.

With resource extraction growing more difficult, the environmental risks are becoming increasingly severe and the global scramble for the worlds last resources will lead to new conflicts and territorial disputes.

What role are unconventional energy resources like shale gas playing in the changing geopolitics of energy? Could this ‘energy revolution’ lead to less dependence on Russia and the Middle East and help the Netherlands trade its way out of the crisis? Or are we at the point that we have to take a good hard look at the rates at which we consume energy?

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