Time to debunk

The article, "Time to debunk mythical links between oil and politics" (OGJ, Dec. 15, 2003, p. 18) is interesting, but the author seems more at home with the business side of oil than with the science and engineering. This article, intended "to debunk mythical links between oil and politics," to me only confirmed their connectedness. Leonardo Maugeri describes in it how cheap oil led to the current consumer lifestyle, and how its very cheapness created OPEC, led to the oil shocks, and triggered the 1986 price collapse. Surely this is all politics, and on the grandest scale? Most westerners would probably be dead within months if oil were not imported through international trade, so how can...

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