Stories by Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare, a TomDispatch regular, is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left.  A documentary movie version of his book Blood and Oil is available from the Media Education Foundation. subscribe to Michael T. Klare's feed

Posted on: Oct 8, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Climate scientists have begun to note early indicators of possible catastrophes.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

As oil prices continue to drop, the cancellation or postponement of such mega-projects has been sending shock waves.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

There is no reason to assume that the anointment of a common enemy will make America and the world any safer than it is today.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

The major energy companies have gone on the offensive, minimizing the potential for renewables in the imaginable future.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

But what if other countries find ways to wield it against us?

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: TomDispatch

Both deadly industries have targeted the developing world for future profits.

Posted on: Aug 8, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

We are going down the road of unconventional oil and gas—more carbon, more heat and more pollution.

Posted on: May 30, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Washington, Beijing and Moscow are all selling large amount of weapons to warring sides.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2013, Source:

Escalating tensions among China, Japan and the U.S. could ignite armed conflict -- and sink the global economy.

Posted on: Nov 27, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

This year's edition of the World Energy Outlook was greeted with jubilation when it revealed that the US might become top oil producer. But this comes at a catastrophic cost.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

To reach their ambitious targets, energy firms will have to overcome severe geological and environmental barriers -- and recent developments suggest that they are going to have a tough time doing so.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2012, Source: Tom Dispatch

If history is any guide, rising food prices of this sort will also lead to widespread social unrest and violent conflict.

Posted on: May 10, 2012, Source:

Consider these flash-points as signals that we are entering an era of intensified conflict over energy.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2012, Source:

In energy terms, we are now entering a world whose grim nature has yet to be fully grasped.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2012, Source:

The Strait of Hormuz--through which one-fifth the planet's oil supply travels--is suddenly the site of tensions between the US and Iran.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2012, Source:

With energy demand on the rise and sources of supply dwindling, we are entering a new epoch in which disputes over vital resources will dominate world affairs.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2011, Source:

This ensures that, environmentally, militarily, and economically, we will find ourselves in a more, not less, perilous world.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011, Source:

America's rise to supremacy was fueled by control over the world's oil supply. Now, the decline of the U.S. coincides with the decline of oil as a major energy source.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2011, Source:

A 30-year war for energy preeminence? You wouldn’t wish it even on a desperate planet. But that’s where we’re headed and there’s no turning back.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2011, Source:

Crucial developments taking place in 2011 are changing the way we are likely to live on this planet for the foreseeable future.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2011, Source:

What Earth does to protect itself from human intervention is unlikely to prove beneficial for human societies.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2011, Source:

The old oil order is dying, and with its demise we will see the end of cheap and readily accessible petroleum -- forever.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2011, Source:

From now on, rising prices, powerful storms, severe droughts and floods, and other unexpected events are likely to play havoc with the fabric of global society.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2010, Source: The Nation

Only a dramatic change in course -- governed by an entirely new policy framework -- can reduce the risk of catastrophe and set the nation on a wise energy trajectory.

Posted on: Jun 22, 2010, Source:

The disaster in the Gulf is no anomaly. It's an arrow pointing toward future disasters.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2010, Source:

Much will change in 10 years. China will rise, the global South will grow in importance, the U.S. will decline. These phenomena will be eclipsed by devastating planetary changes.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2009, Source:

The great age of renewable energy is in our distant future. Before then, energy prices will rise, environmental perils will multiply and conflict will grow. Buckle your seatbelts.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2009, Source:

Will it all end in Iraq not with a bang, but with an oil gusher? The latest oil news out of that country offers a hint of Iraq's fate.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2009, Source:

The era of plentiful oil is drawing to a close, and a new era of economic peril, rising starvation and environmental disaster is born.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2009, Source:

In a world on the brink, we must offer a global stimulus or else face an epidemic of global crime.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

As the wealthier nations cease investing in the developing world or acquiring its exports, the crisis is hitting them with a vengeance.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2008, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

This struggle started when the former Soviet republics began seeking Western customers for their oil and natural gas.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2008, Source: The Nation

Oil companies, speculators and OPEC played their part, but ruinous Bush Administration policies have compounded the crisis.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2008, Source:

It's time to ask whether the U.S. military should have anything to do with American energy security.

Posted on: May 30, 2008, Source: Metropolitan Books

Shows of force by nations competing to control dwindling energy supplies could trigger conflict in hot spots across the globe.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2008, Source:

Get ready for a new world order in which energy will govern what we eat, where we live, and if and when we travel.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2008, Source: The Nation

Within the Bush administration, the 'military option' remains as popular as ever.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2008, Source:

On March 3, the price of crude reached its highest ever. Are energy costs becoming the decisive factor in the balance of global economic power?

Posted on: Jan 31, 2008, Source:

Cheap oil propelled the stock market to dizzying heights. We're in for a long fall.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2007, Source: The Nation

Welcome to the Age of Insuffiency: As oil prices hit new highs and supplies sink, our way of life will drastically change.