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The primary reason the US Government gives for maintaining a military presence in Iraq is to give the Iraqi people a chance at democracy. However, a common skeptical theory is that the US is significantly motivated by a need to secure a cheap supply of oil.
Peak oil refers to the time when global oil extraction reaches its maximum. From that point on, oil will become increasingly scarce, and the world will have to adapt to new energy sources.
The primary reasons the US Government gave for invading Iraq in 2003 was to rid the country of Weapons of Mass Destruction and to free the Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. However, many critics of the US believe its government was significantly motivated by a need to secure a cheap supply of oil.
Donald Trump
I always heard that when we went into Iraq, we went in for the oil. I said, "Eh, that sounds smart." Except that we never did. So we went into Iraq for 1.5 trillion dollars. Thousands of lives and wounded. And here's what's going to happen. ... As soon as we leave Iraq, Iran is going to take over those huge oil fields. ... That wouldn't happen under my watch.
Michael Neumann
...big oil and big business have never been supporters of the war. Bush I, who was much closer to big oil than Bush II, never wanted to invade Iraq. ... Why then did the US go into Iraq? To my mind it was because the US had to show the world that it was powerful after the humiliation of 9-11, and especially after the equally great humiliation of failing to capture or kill Bin Laden and the Mullah Omar.
International Energy Agency
Is peak oil imminent? Mostly Agree
As far as I know this will be the first profound public study in which we verify and revise our knowledge about how much oil and gas is going to the markets. ... There is a gap between the global demand for oil and the amount which is or can be brought to the market from that region. We think that the oil producers have to increase their production output significantly, but we are not sure that they will do it or even can do it. ... I think we are entering a new world oil order.
Baker Institute
Iraq remains a destabilizing influence to U.S. allies in the Middle East, as well as to regional and global order, and to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export program to manipulate oil markets. ... The United States should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq, including military, energy, economic, and political/diplomatic assessments.
Tony Blair
Let me first deal with the conspiracy theory that this is somehow to do with oil. There is no way whatever, if oil were the issue, that it would not be infinitely simpler to cut a deal with Saddam, who, I am sure, would be delighted to give us access to as much oil as we wanted if he could carry on building weapons of mass destruction. The very reason why we are taking the action that we are taking is nothing to do with oil or any of the other conspiracy theories put forward.
Sarah Palin
We are a nation at war and in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources, which is nonsensical when you consider that domestically we have the supplies ready to go.
John McCain
Quite rightly, I believe, we confer a special status on some areas of our country that are best left undisturbed. When America set aside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we called it a "refuge" for a reason.
Sarah Palin
It's been grossly misunderstood on many fronts. When you see the pictures, the visuals used in the opponents' message--and usually this is extreme environmentalists--their message as to why ANWR shouldn't be touched, you see pictures of mountains and rivers and beautiful green valleys. That's not ANWR. ANWR is a flat, barren plain that is very, very rich in resources.

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0 Points       Benja       13 Apr 2011     Is oil a motivation for maintaining a military presence in Iraq? General Comment
Thanks Trump for setting the record straight: it makes "business sense" to go to war for oil. Clearly it's a fantastic deal for US soldiers, who obviously get paid in oil proceeds. I hear a new arm costs only a few barrels of oil nowadays. But really, it's not about the money for the soldiers. For them it's about the satisfaction of knowing that they helped the US economy. There's nothing more inspiring than the words: "died for the US economy" on a soldier's gravestone. Going to war for oil is also a boon for America's likability. Not just for the country invaded, but the entire region will no doubt get warm fuzzies thinking about America for perhaps decades to come.

0 Points       blacktrance       10 Feb 2011     Was oil a motivation for invading Iraq in 2003? Agree
And what's worse is that oil prices still went up.

0 Points       the27th       09 May 2010     Is peak oil imminent? Mostly Disagree
When oil becomes scarce, the price will rise. We won't run out of oil; it will become expensive enough that we're forced to conserve and use alternatives.


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