Monday, July 14, 2008

Africa: The Next Victim in Our Quest for Cheap Oil

Alternet now has an article up about Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years in the Niger Delta which includes an interview with Michael Watts.

"The new book Curse of the Black Gold shows how Nigeria may be the epicenter of the full-blown resource wars to come.

Whether or not we have fully arrived at peak oil can be left to the nitpickers and bean counters to decide. What we know for sure is that the cost of black gold has exponentially risen in just a few short years, and the global economy it is built upon is currently straddling a razor waiting for the inevitable slice. That final cut may come from Nigeria, where all the major oil companies have done business, dirty and otherwise, for the last five decades, degrading the environment and depressing the general population along the way."

Read the rest of the article and an interview with Michael Watts here.

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