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October 30, 2003

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Iraq Pipeline Watch

Sabotage still clogs Iraq's oil

The Economist: The end of the Oil Age

Milton R. Copulos: The real cost of imported oil

Fouad Ajami: The poisoned well

Matthew Levitt: Saudi funding of Islamist extremist groups in the United States

U.S. to expand training of Saudi military

Pakistan-Saudi trade nuke tech for oil

Threats to Oil Transport

Peril on high seas as piracy explodes

Maps of pirate attacks Jan-June 2003:
SE Asia, Indian Sub Continent and the Far East
Middle East and Africa

Smugglers use tankers to steal Nigerian oil

Radical Islam's Move on Africa

Russia Considers Big Projects To Increase Exports to U.S.

YUKOS turmoil threatens Russian oil output growth

Russian Oil to Flow to Asia Via Israel

Soviet legacy pours oil on Caspian flames

Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle Can Cut National Fuel Consumption In Half

DOE: US imports of LNG doubled in first half 2003

IEA: World gas demand to double by 2030

Iraqi Oil: A Gift from God or the Devil's Excrement?

US Foreign Oil Dependency on Increase, say Experts

Experts Mull Threat of Another Oil Embargo

Hybrid Vehicles

Fuel Cell Developers

Back Issues

Focus: Thirty years to the oil embargo

Thirty years later oil is still a big gun
Thirty years ago, on October 17, in an attempt to influence U.S. Middle East policy, the OPEC cartel, spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, decided to cut oil supply to the U.S. Can it happen again, and what can we do about it?

Dangerous Dependence
The United States should decrease its use of Middle Eastern oil and develop alternate fuel methods or risk even greater reliance on the Arab world, warns one energy expert.

The Oil Embargo 30 Years Later: Are We Prepared?
Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former Secretary of Energy and Defense Hon. James R. Schlesinger, executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security Dr. Gal Luft, and Heritage Foundation research fellow James A. Phillips discuss energy security thirty years after the oil embargo. Panel hosted at the Heritage Foundation by Dr. Ariel Cohen. Watch the event.

Thirty Years Since the Oil Embargo: Can America Become Energy Independent?
The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS) co-sponsored an October 30 conference on energy security. R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA, delivered the keynote address and Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on International Relations, gave concluding remarks. Milton Copulous, president of the National Defense Council Foundation announced a new report on the real cost of imported oil, noting that if reflected at the pump, the “hidden costs” of oil would raise the price of a gallon of gasoline to over $5.28. Cliff May, president of FDD, chaired the first panel, on strategic implications of U.S. oil dependency. Dr. Allan Hoffman, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Utility Technologies in The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, chaired the second panel on avenues to energy independence. For a brief summary of the event click here.

Oil and Politics Thirty Years after the Arab Oil Embargo
Summary of remarks by Edward Morse, executive advisor at Hess Energy Trading Co. (HETCO,) and Gal Luft to The Washington Institute's Special Policy Forum.

In this hemisphere

Unrest in Bolivia over gas deal
Riots over a proposed $5 billion project to export natural gas to the U.S. forced Bolivia's president to step down.

On the technology front

Genesis Fueltech reports successful long term test of methanol reformer
Phillip Piffer, president of Genesis Fueltech, reports on testing of the company’s newest methanol to hydrogen fuel processor.

Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy Announce Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant Installation in Illinois
The fuel cell power plant, which can supply electricity to more than 250 average American homes, will be connected to the Peoria area electricity grid.

Plug-in hybrid electric HUMVEE for the U.S. military
International Truck and Engine Corporation has a cooperative agreement with Vision Technologies Systems, Inc, to design and market a repowered solution for the high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV and pronounced HUMVEE®) which includes an International 4.5-liter V-6 engine and a hybrid electric drive with plug-in power.

Hydrogen fuel cell powered special operations vehicles for the Army
Quantum Fuel System Technologies Worldwide, Inc., has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army to develop and demonstrate a high performance, hydrogen fuel cell powered light-duty, special operations vehicle. Fuel comprises 70 percent of the supplies transported by the Armed Services to support battlefield operations, so this project has the potential to illustrate a pathway to address logistic issues.

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