Comment 68416

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted August 24, 2011 at 15:45:38 in reply to Comment 68412

The military expenses of acquiring oil are a very good example of increasing EROI. Since the most attractive sites get drilled first, there's going to be a shift over time to less friendly and stable regimes, with all the conquest or compromise that entails. The US Military is the country's largest user of fossil fuels, and though the war in Libya's been relatively cheap (so far), the war in Iraq has been unbelievably expensive.

Add to this the destabilizing effects of having large oil reserves, or having another intervention happen in a nearby country or region, and you've got a recipe for large-scale chaos.

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