Wednesday, May 25, 2005


International foreign policy?

'The pipeline that will change the world' is the heading of an article in today's 'Independent'.

It tells us that a 1000-mile oil pipeline has been completed that deliberately skirts Russia. The United States taxpayer is underwriting most of the $4bn it costs. Energy security can be a huge expense for national taxpayers - normally paid through military budgets.

"[The project's] architects and investors claimed the pipeline would shore up energy supplies in the US and Europe for 50 years, protecting our gas-guzzling way of life and easing our reliance on the House of Saud."

Whether there could be an international foreign policy was a question here on May 4. However it looks as though this is a non-starter: one G8 country is prepared to spend $4bn to skirt another.
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