War with Iraq: The Oil Connection

Monday, February 10, 2003

Contact: Susan Finkelpearl, Media Coordinator
202.452.1992 x517, sfinkelpearl@worldwatch.org

Spokesperson Available for Insight and Analysis on Pending War In Iraq
Michael Renner, Senior Researcher and security expert with the Worldwatch Institute, is available to speak with reporters on the following topics:
• War with Iraq: The Role of Oil
• Background on US-Iraq relations including Gulf War and sanctions.
• How inefficient use of energy reinforces dependence on imported oil.
• The surprising links between Baghdad and Kyoto.


Following U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s February 5 address to the U.N. Security Council, a second Persian Gulf War appears increasingly likely.  With two-thirds of the world’s oil reserves lying in the Persian Gulf region, our oil-dependent economy has been a major factor in the development of the current crisis---and could itself be dramatically affected by a new conflict in the region.

Michael Renner points out that the industrial world’s overwhelming dependence on Middle Eastern oil has created a geopolitical dynamic that is unhealthy and dangerous in ways that even the most “successful” war can never resolve.

The answer to this dilemma is clear: reduced dependence on oil via improved energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, and the use of hydrogen fuel. Achieving these goals will require a sustained and long-term commitment by the United States and other leading oil consumers.

Join Michael Renner as he discusses the ramifications of the current standoff in the Persian Gulf and the potential implications of war in the region.

Related articles by Michael Renner:

Oil And Blood Article, World Watch Magazine, Jan/Feb 2003:
Available for downloading at: http://www.worldwatch.org/bookstore/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WIB&Product_Code=EP161B&Category_Code=MagA

Iraq and the Oil Connection, The Globalist, December 18, 2002: http://www.theglobalist.com/DBWeb/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=2886
Post-Saddam Iraq - Linchpin of a new oil order, Foreign Policy In Focus, January 2003: http://www.fpif.org/papers/oil.html

Post-Saddam Energy Visions, International Herald Tribune, January 2003: http://www.iht.com/articles/83631.html

Worldwatch Web chat discussion Friday, January 31, 2003: http://www.worldwatch.org/live/archive/20030131.html

Outside View: The road from Kyoto, United Press International, February 6, 2003: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20030204-075041-1592r

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