I'd provide you with some links and figures on how reliant Europe is on Libyan and the US on Iraqi and Saudi oil but I'm pretty sure I'd be wasting my time. So, whatever. Keep on rambling on in your own little bubble mate.
See the data quoted by dark hunter. I dont have to prove/quote established and well known statistics. Anyone can look them up.
As a geographer historian and social scientist among other things. It is my job to KNOW this sort of stuff.
New shale oil production is increasing america's domestic production. Australia could provide all its own oil but choses to sell a lot of its oil gas coal etc overseas and tax/connect domestic supplies to a world parity price.
The "peak oil crisis", while deferred a bit by new technologies will still occur in a decade or two, at which time "oil" and the politics associated with it, will largely become irrelevant .
My education and interest in politics also informs me that it is untrue that americas foreign policy is mostly driven by the need to keep oil supplies ensured. That is furphy produced by the media in large part. The geopolitics of America's foreign
relationships is much more complex than that and largely revolves around domestic political drivers. Ie america foreign policy goes as far as, and in the directions which, the american people allow it to.
America can secure adequate oil supplies by various diplomatic and military means without having to accomodate arab interests.
With expanded domestic production, US petroleum imports have fallen by a third since 2008,
Edited by Mr Walker, 19 May 2013 - 07:45 AM.