The Race for the World’s Last Resources

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Michael Klare discusses an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion facing the world. He argues that the problem that goes beyond “peak oil” to include shortages of coal and uranium, copper and lithium, water and arable land, and that the hunt for resources has led to exploration in areas once considered too remote or dangerous. In The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources Klare examines the consequences and argues that we must change our consumption patterns.


Michael Klare

Comments [8]

Take a look at a new children's book based on a song by Christine Lavin, HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. The Kirkus review starts "If the future of the planet is in the hands of our children, reading them books like this one might be a wise idea".
Inspired by the Gulf Oil Spill, HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA is a hopeful tale of how clean energy can help save wildlife with little harm to the environment. A fact-filled appendix follows the song, written with the help of an environmental scientist, a wildlife rehabilitator, a wind turbine specialist, science educators and a marine biologist.
The teachers Christine has reached already highly praise the book and use it since it fits right in to their curriculum. Anyone have a way to reach more schools? Michael, Any thoughts?

Jul. 05 2012 01:41 PM

@Morgan from NYC:

"Hypersolar" appears to have a suitable "story" - but I don't see a solution for Mr. Klare's point about the environmental problems caused by the technology for producing, distributing, and storing the resultant electrical energy. Is the company or its technology ready for any kind of "environmentally tolerable commercial" use?

Jul. 05 2012 12:51 PM
Olivia K. from New York

This problem requires many solutions, but why isn't conservation promoted more? Clearly we can all get by qutie well cutting back on our oil consumption, as well as other resources. It won't solve the problems but would give us more time to deal with them in constructive ways. We can all do with less in the developed world but no one talks conservation. There are some wonderful examples of water conservation here in our country as well as ways to reduce miles driven but they are given scant attention.

Jul. 05 2012 12:43 PM

Could someone ask this (ahem) gentleman how our economy broke free of the whale oil cartels of the late 1800s?

Jul. 05 2012 12:41 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Not only will gas co's. drill hundreds or thousands of fracking wells, they'll be doing hundreds of fracking operations in each one. See

Jul. 05 2012 12:36 PM
Morgan from NYC

I welcome Michael to look into hydrogen generation by a company called "Hypersolar" looks to be very interesting if it is true.

Jul. 05 2012 12:35 PM
Sarah Klepner from Red Bank, NJ

There IS an alternative to this insanity: localization of food/energy/economy and planning at community level for powering down. See,, and search Transition on facebook
(including Greater Red Bank Transition Mullers)

Jul. 05 2012 12:25 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Well, the rise of Asia and the rest of the former "Third World" has led to great competition over resources, and that has affected our standard of living here in America too. Resources here go to whoever can pay for it. That's "globalization."

But I still don't buy into this "neo-Malthusian" fears that we are going to be done in by this scramble for resources. There are lots of resources under the oceans, and in asteroids, and eventually companies will open those new sources of resources up. But meanwhile, there will be crunch on standards of living in the industrialized countries.

Jul. 05 2012 12:17 PM

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