Oil 2009. Be careful what you wish for
As the price of a barrel of oil has edged back up, energy expert Michael Klare, author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Oil, reminds us of one crucial fact. Whether the price of oil is high or low, someone's going to pay - and sooner or later all of us will - because our civilization is based on the stuff. Starting with the question of energy seems once again an appropriate way to go this year.