Five of the six major fields, together representing several million barrels per day of potential output, went to European, Russian and Asian oil companies. It looked as though not much was going to companies from the United States, the country that took the leading role in the war. But read the fine print of those contracts, and companies more familiar to Americans are now poised to benefit handsomely as the oil business picks up in Iraq.
The oil services companies Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Weatherford International and Schlumberger already won lucrative drilling subcontracts and are likely to bid on many more in one of the world’s richest markets for companies that drill oil wells.
I think most members of FTB are plenty well informed enough to appreciate every source of energy has its advantages and disadvantages. Maybe not the occasional fundamentalist voyeur who comes by to see the real live atheist exhibit, but most of us regs get it. Most of us are willing to listen and compare and contrast all those features. The sad thing is we don’t see much discussion like that, at least not from people who can actually come together and change policy. No. We get “climate change is a hoax,” toxins piling up, flaming water from taps, nasty metal compounds from mining and coal slurry that should be going down injection wells showing up in residential water tables, and the truly crazy shit like magic abiotic oil that renews itself so fast that we can use it forever with nary a worry and just happens to be consistent with Young Earth Creationism.
In that hypothetical discussion at the highest bipartisan levels, when comparing the cost of alternative energy produced from renewable, green sources to traditional fossil fuels, isn’t it fair, at some point, to start including the zillions we’ve spent keeping oil flowing from places like Iraq, or zillions more in environmental damage, or the other zillion that neo-con dead-enders would have us spend going forward getting mired in yet another petro-war dress up and pawned off as a war of total necessity? Would it be reasonable to speculate that if we committed that kind of money, trillions of dollars, to almost anything, direct subsidies for US energy users or nexgen nukes or promising renewable technologies, anything, it would improve that option tremendously?
Being atheists we tend to be reasonable, pragmatic people. We understand our species has to have energy, that all modern civilizations run on energy, that there is no future without energy and lots of it. But this is unsustainable insanity. We’re trying to power a 21st century world on a half-assed, obsolete and often ultra-violent energy policy developed decades ago based on factors, assumptions, and concerns that no longer exist.