Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security

Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security

by Ian Rutledge

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In Addicted to Oil, Ian Rutledge explores the political, economic and social ramifications of the motorisation of the US economy. He argues that America's dependence on the car has created a life-style leading to oil needs which have heavily influenced US foreign policy in the modern era. Rutledge traces the origins of America's addiction through the decisions that were taken by politicians and business leaders throughout the twentieth century and explains how America's relations with the Middle East were developed through its quest for energy security. America's motorisation and its consequent demand for oil at predictable market prices was and continues to be an important influence on US policy towards Iraq - especially given the uncertainties relating to what has so far been the securest source of Middle East oil - Saudi Arabia. Ian Rutledge argues that the war in Iraq was neither a war for 'freedom' or 'democracy' nor was it a plot to 'steal Iraq's oil', but rather an attempt to establish a pliant and dependable oil protectorate in the Middle East which would underwrite the soaring demand from America's hyper-motorised consumers.

Addicted to Oil is the first book to undertake an in-depth analysis of the motorisation of US society which explicitly links it to America's foreign policy adventures, past and present. Addicted to Oil is essential reading for an understanding of America's international political priorities and its fraught relations with the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845113193
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/12/2006
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 810,008
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Ian Rutledge is an energy economist and an energy business consultant. He has also lectured at Sheffield University and has published widely on world oil and gas markets, petroleum taxation and oil and gas company corporate strategy.

Table of Contents

Note on Names and Terminologyix
1Oil and America1
2The Die is Cast13
3How America Got Control of the Gulf21
4Energy Security and the Gulf: From Solution to Problem37
5The Axis of Oil51
6Energy Security Begins at Home69
7Canada, Venezuela and Mexico: A Hemispheric Solution?80
8The Caspian and Central Asia: A New Middle East?102
9America the Motorised120
10The Looming Crisis133
11Oil and Islamism158
12A War for Oil178

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