National Energy Policy Institute

Oil and Gas Security Issues

Publication Date: June 22, 2010

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Oil and Gas Security Issues: John Deutch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

This paper discusses the various economic and geo-political dimensions of U.S. energy security, and
summarizes and critiques recent attempts to estimate the external economic costs of U.S. oil
consumption that result from the vulnerability of the U.S. economy to oil price shocks, and from
potential U.S. market power. The paper also discusses the extent to which military expenditures, foreign
policy constraints, and the flow of petro dollars to rogue nations might be ameliorated by U.S. efforts to
reduce dependence on oil.

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