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August 13, 2004

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Iraq Pipeline Watch

Mehdi: "we will blow up the oil pipelines"

Iraqi workers halt station pumping oil to Baghdad

The benefits--and risks--of liquefied natural gas (LNG)

LNG Import Terminals: Siting, Safety and Regulation

US: Nuclear Energy Policy

UK: Assessing the risk of terrorist attacks on nuclear facilities: Summary, Full report

Pipeline Security: An Overview of Federal Activities and Current Policy Issues

Saudi budget surplus expected to hit $15 billion

American special forces hunt Saudi Arabian terrorists in Sudan

Terror suspects traced to Iran

Ariel Cohen: Terror in Tashkent

$1.2M from Ghaddafi for PR by former DOE official

Venezuelan Oil Minister: OPEC Has Reached Maximum Capacity

Thailand joins other Southeast Asian navies in patrols of Strait of Malacca

British Airways raises fuel charge to recoup costs

Stephen Johnson and Ariel Cohen: Minimizing Mischief in Venezuela, Stabilizing the U.S. Oil Supply

Jamaica: Oil deal with Venezuela on cards

Cuba watches as Venezuela decides how the oil will flow

Pakistan: Driver killed as oil tankers attacked in Chaman

India: attack on Assam gas pipeline

Sabotage? Massive fire in West Bengal gas pipeline

China: Oil depot explodes in Changchun, killing one

Oil reserve key to Chinese energy security

Nigeria: U.S. offers military help to protect offshore oil

Japan nudged to consider Libya oil deal instead of Iran

'India's crude reserve will exhaust in 20 years'

IEA ups oil demand forecast

Sudan: crisis in Darfur

HRW: Ties Between Islamist government of Sudan and Janjaweed Militias Confirmed

Sudan: oil concession holders

Turning to the tides for power

Clean coal to methanol

Forbes: GM and Chrysler need a hybrid strategy

Hybrid Vehicles

List of cars and gas mileage

Fuel Cell Developers

Back Issues

IN THIS ISSUE: (summaries below, click links for full articles)

Save the date! The annual IAGS Energy Security conference will be held on Sept. 27 2004
Target: Energy
Co-sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
On Point

What the 9/11 Commission missed
One of the main conclusions of the 9/11 Commission is that in order for the U.S. to prevail in the war on terror it must develop a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, and balanced strategy, which integrates diplomacy, intelligence, covert action, law-enforcement, economic policy, foreign aid, homeland defense, and military strength. IAGS' Gal Luft argues that a key component is missing. The increasing dependence on foreign oil coming from the very same countries that export terror and proliferate a radical ideology on which terror flourishes undermines America’s national security. If the same type of leadership required to overhaul America's defense and intelligence bodies were to be applied to the sphere of energy policy the U.S. would finally be able to break the yoke of its energy dependence and hence stop fueling the terror machine.

Under the Radar

The Connection: Water and Energy Security
The energy security of the United States is closely linked to the state of its water resources. No longer can water resources be taken for granted if the U.S. is to achieve energy security in the years and decades ahead. At the same time, U.S. water security cannot be guaranteed without careful attention to related energy issues. Allan Hoffman, former associate and acting deputy assistant secretary for Utility Technologies in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy of the DOE and IAGS Advisor, explains why the two issues are inextricably linked.


Saudi Arabia in Crisis
IAGS' Anne Korin presented a strategy for reducing U.S. dependence on Saudi oil as part of a conference hosted by the Hudson Institute on July 9, 2004. Watch the event (Anne's presentation starts at 02:38:35.)


Energy Security in East Asia
A convergence of new factors, ranging from the threats posed by Al Qaeda to the sweeping engagement of the U.S. military throughout the region, has endowed the Asia Pacific region with a significantly enhanced strategic importance. The outlook for energy security in the Asia-Pacific looks particularly troubling, with rising levels of oil consumption and an even stronger rise in demand. IAGS Research Associate Richard Giragosian analyzes the energy security risks faced by the region and the agreements and strategies adopted by Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and the Philippines in response.

On the technology front

Major improvement in fuel economy and range of Honda's fuel cell vehicles
The 2005 model Honda fuel cell vehicle achieves a nearly 20 percent improvement in its EPA fuel economy rating and a 33 percent gain in peak power (107 hp vs. 80 hp) compared to the 2004 model, and feature a number of important technological achievements on the road to commercialization of fuel cell vehicles.

Biodiesel fueled ships to cruise in Canada
A Canadian project will test the use of pure biodiesel (B100) as a fuel supply on a fleet of 12 boats of various types and sizes, 11 boats on pure biodiesel (B100) and one on a 5-percent blend (B5).

Out of the Box

How utilities can save America from its oil addiction
As the global oil market approaches its peak, and at a time when increases in global demand require that an additional Saudi Arabia worth of oil be brought into the market every five years, utility companies which have traditionally viewed themselves as providers of "power" for lighting homes or powering computers, can now break the dominance of Big Oil in the transportation energy sector and introduce much needed competition in the transportation fuel market. Gal Luft explains how.

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