Thursday, April 21, 2005


Geopolitics versus a worldview

An informative piece in today's press on the geopolitics of energy.

"the Chinese are making deals to secure long-term petroleum supplies from around the globe. In particular, they have their eyes on the world’s largest, politically-safe oil reserves. . . They are just across the US border, in the Canadian province of Alberta. . . the Canadians are sitting on at least the world’s second-biggest reserves, locked in the vast oil sands of Alberta."

"The Chinese . . .want at least two million barrels a day, and the Canadians have already sent a trial shipment of oil. Beijing wants to build a $2.5 billion pipeline from Edmonton to the Canadian west coast to make oil easier to transport. Alberta’s prime minister, Ralph Klein, has been to China to persuade them to invest."
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