Battle of Balcombe: Opposition to Cuadrilla Resources UK Fracking Plans By Pratap Chatterjee

11 August 2013 — Corpwatch

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The idyllic village of Balcombe, just south of London, is a stronghold of the Conservative party. Just the sort of place that one might imagine cheering on industry plans to drill for natural gas and applaud the tax breaks that the government has offered to industry.

But 82 percent of the village voted firmly against plans by Cuadrilla Resources, headed by Lord John Browne, the former CEO of British Petroleum, to conduct hydraulic fracturing in their community. Over two dozen protestors have been arrested in the last few days for attempting to block company equipment – including Natalie Hynde and Simon Medhurst, a couple who glued themselves together this morning.

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Obama Visits Africa’s "Oil Gulf" By Emira Woods

16 July, 2009 — BlackCommentator.com

President Barrack Obama makes his historic visit to Africa. Born of a Kenyan economist father, Obama will go not to his ancestral lands but to Ghana, Africa’s newest oil State.

Oil was discovered in Ghana just in 2007. A wide swath of the Atlantic‘s Western shores, the area stretching from Morocco to Angola is becoming Africa’s “Oil Gulf”.  Oil-producing countries in Africa, including those in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, now provide 24% of U.S. oil imports. Africa has outstripped the Middle East as an oil supplier to America. Increasingly, Africa’s oil is being produced offshore.

Off Ghana’s deep Atlantic shores, the Texas-based, Kosmos Energy already controls the Jubilee Fields, one of the largest oil
finds in West Africa in the past decade, which is predicted to hold 1.2 billion barrels of oil.  In May, 2009 Kosmos began to draw bids for shares of its stake in the oil-rich fields. Global energy players – Chevron Corp, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, China National Offshore Oil Company, and British Petroleum – all with a focused eye on Africa, and a bloodied record on the continent are beginning to circle like vultures.  After all, the deadline for Kosmos Energy Bids has been set for July 17, a week after Obama’s visit to Ghana.

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Book Review: A Century of War – Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order by William Engdahl By William Bowles

31 December 2004

A Century of War – Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order by William Engdahl. Pluto Books, London 2004.

Many years ago I read the autobiography of R Buckminster Fuller (one of my heroes whilst at art school), who before becoming a visionary architect/engineer/designer and philosopher trained as a naval architect, a profession he later credited with equipping him with his holistic vision of the world. Not surprisingly therefore, Fuller had an abiding interest in the Royal Navy’s strategic role in maintaining the British Empire. Continue reading