Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His newest book, The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, has just recently been published.  His other books include: Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependence on Imported Petroleum. A documentary version of that book is available from the Media Education Foundation.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:30am
A New Congress, Fossil-Fueled Republicanism, and Planetary Disaster
Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by storm. They are preparing to put pressure on a president already presiding over a largely drill-baby-drill...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 11:45am
Obama’s New Oil Wars: Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia
It was heinous. It was underhanded. It was beyond the bounds of international morality. It was an attack on the American way of life. It was what you might expect from unscrupulous Arabs. It was “the oil weapon” -- and back in 1973, it was directed at the United States. Skip ahead four decades and...
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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00am
At Precisely the Worst Moment, Big Oil in America Is Back with a Vengeance
Considering all the talk about global warming, peak oil, carbon divestment, and renewable energy, you’d think that oil consumption in the United States would be on a downward path. By now, we should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. As it happens, the opposite...
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A U.S. soldiers stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. (Photo: U.S. Navy / Arlo K. Abrahamson) Views
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 9:30am
Our 21st Century Energy Wars
Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely...
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In their endless pursuit to find new customers to burn dirty fossil fuels, the world's largest energy companies will risk burning the planet in the name of profit. (Photo: public domain) Views
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 9:45am
What's Big Energy Smoking?
In the 1980s, encountering regulatory restrictions and public resistance to smoking in the United States, the giant tobacco companies came up with a particularly effective strategy for sustaining their profit levels: sell more cigarettes in the developing world, where demand was strong and anti-...
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A protest against the Cove Point LNG export facility in Maryland. (Photo: chesapeakeclimate/cc/flickr) Views
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am
Carbon Delirium: Shooting Up on Big Energy
Of all the preposterous, irresponsible headlines that have appeared on the front page of the New York Times in recent years, few have exceeded the inanity of this one from early March: “U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin.” The article by normally reliable reporters Coral Davenport and...
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Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 11:30am
How the US Energy Boom Is Harming Foreign Policy
Opponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline have focused largely on its disproportionate role in global warming.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:59am
In the Carbon Wars, Big Oil Is Winning
Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address, it would have been easy to conclude that we were slowly but surely gaining in the war on climate change. “Our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet,” the president said. “Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth
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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:20am
Peak Oil Is Dead, Long Live Peak Oil!
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 10:30am
Rushing for the Arctic’s Riches
AMHERST, Mass. — While many existing oil and gas reserves in other parts of the world are facing steep decline, the Arctic is thought to possess vast untapped reservoirs.
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