SUMMARY - The New Map_ Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations - Daniel Yergin



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  • Charif Souki had the vision to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the US, but shifted to exporting LNG when the shale gas boom raised doubts about imports.

  • He founded Cheniere Energy and proposed the first LNG export terminals in Louisiana and Texas, incurring billions in costs despite initial skepticism. This helped establish the US as an LNG exporter.

  • The shale revolution also extended to Mexico through increased natural gas pipelines from the US, with America now supplying over 60% of Mexico's gas needs.

  • Mexico reformed its oil industry in 2013 after production declined under the state-run Pemex monopoly. Reforms opened the sector to private investment to develop resources and support manufacturing.

  • Increased North American energy integration has occurred through LNG exports and cross-border pipelines in response to new shale reserves developed through fracking techniques. This has created economic opportunities on both sides of the border.

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  • Nord Stream is a natural gas pipeline project that transports gas from Russia directly to Germany under the Baltic Sea, bypassing traditional transit routes through Ukraine.

  • The pipeline began operating in 2011, supported by Russian and German leaders as contributing to European energy security. However, Central and Eastern European states opposed it as increasing Russia's political influence over Europe's energy supply.

  • There has long been debate around Europe's reliance on Russian energy exports. In the past, the US opposed Soviet/Russian pipelines and exports to Europe due to security concerns and a desire to weaken them economically. This caused tensions with European partners.

  • Critics argue Nord Stream enhances Russia's leverage over Europe by reducing transit countries like Ukraine. Supporters counter that multiple supply routes increase overall energy security.

  • The project highlighted divisions within Europe over managing relations with Russia as an energy supplier versus concerns about dependence on its exports. It remains part of broader discussions around European energy politics and sovereignty.

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  • The Spratly Islands are a group of over 750 reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the South China Sea. Their location in the center of the South China Sea makes them strategically important.

  • In 1933, a French naval mission sought to claim the islands for France and prevent other powers like China and Japan from doing so. However, the islands themselves are tiny and scattered across a vast area of the South China Sea.

  • Although insignificant in size, the islands would later become a flashpoint of tensions due to overlapping claims and strategic importance of their location for international shipping lanes and potential oil/gas resources.

  • Multiple countries, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia have made territorial claims to some or all of the Spratly Islands based on differing historical and geographic arguments.

  • The competing claims have led to disputes over island ownership, maritime boundaries, fishing rights and potential energy exploration in surrounding waters. This remains an ongoing source of conflict in the region.

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  • In late 1915, British diplomat Mark Sykes and French diplomat François Georges-Picot secretly met in the French embassy in London to negotiate an agreement on how the Middle East would be divided after the expected Allied victory in World War I.

  • The Sykes-Picot Agreement carved up the Ottoman Arab provinces of Baghdad, Basra, Damascus, Lebanon and more into British and French zones of control and influence. This directly contradicted the wishes of Arab nationalist leaders like Sharif Hussein bin Ali, who were promised independence if they revolt against the Ottomans.

  • The agreement was kept secret until published by the Bolsheviks after the 1917 Russian Revolution. It infuriated Arab nationalists and led to distrust of British and French motives. It laid the groundwork for long-term tensions between European powers and emerging national identities in the Middle East.

  • The arbitrary borders drawn up in the Sykes-Picot Agreement ignored ethnic and religious differences on the ground. This contributed to instability and conflict in the region in subsequent decades as new states emerged within boundaries not aligned with local identities and allegiances.

    Here is a summary of the key points regarding developments in the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire:

  • The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 divided the former Ottoman territories between British and French spheres of influence, laying the groundwork for modern nation-states but disregarding ethnic/religious realities.

  • Post-WW1 peace treaties like Sèvres (1920) and Lausanne (1923) formalized the mandate system and adjusted boundaries, creating most modern states like Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

  • Conflicts emerged from arbitrarily drawn borders cutting across ethnic/religious groups as in Iraq. Arab nationalism also challenged Western influence.

  • The 1979 Iranian Revolution and 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War ravaged both nations and destabilized the region.

  • Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait led to the 1991 Gulf War and containment of Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

  • The 2003 US invasion of Iraq to dismantle suspected WMD backfired, fueling insurgency due to de-Baathification and army disbandment.

  • Regional powers like Iran, Saudi Arabia and their proxies have vied for influence through interventions, exacerbating sectarianism.

  • 2011 Arab Spring uprisings further undermined stability but also limited Iranian and Western influence in some countries. Ongoing tensions and weak governance persist.

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  • Venezuela's oil industry and economy collapsed due to years of mismanagement and corruption under Chavez and Maduro. Oil production fell sharply from over 3 million barrels per day in the late 1990s to just 500,000 barrels by 2022.

  • The country's oil wealth failed to diversify the economy or improve livelihoods for most citizens. Attempts at socialism led to economic ruin with skyrocketing inflation, poverty, and shortages of basic goods.

  • Opposition to Maduro's authoritarian regime grew but he maintained power through control of the military, elections rejected as unfair, and crackdowns on dissent. The US recognized Guaidó as interim president.

  • Sanctions aimed to pressure Maduro further but worsened the country's crisis by cutting off a major export market. They also failed to change the balance of power.

  • Millions of Venezuelans fled the collapsing economy forming the largest migrant crisis in recent Latin American history. Neighboring countries struggled to cope with incoming refugees.

  • Debt defaults and isolation made economic recovery immensely challenging even if political change occurred. Venezuela's oil industry would require massive, sustained investments to restart after decades of depletion.

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  • Venezuela's oil production declined significantly from over 600,000 barrels per day in the late 1990s to under 300,000 barrels per day by the end of 2019 due to mismanagement under Chavez and Maduro. This contributed to economic breakdown in Venezuela.

  • In 2018, oil prices rose to $80/barrel but Trump pressured OPEC via Twitter to increase output and keep prices low. Saudi Arabia responded by significantly ramping up production.

  • In 2019, the US banned imports of Venezuelan and Iranian oil, collapsing Venezuela's oil exports. Imports of Iranian oil were also banned.

  • Drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities in September 2019 knocked out over 5 million barrels per day of Saudi output briefly, though impacts were less severe than expected due to Saudi response and US shale oil.

  • Protests continued in Iraq against corruption and Iran's influence, increasing regional tensions related to oil markets and geopolitics.

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  • Throughout history, major energy transitions have occurred as new energy sources become more economically and technologically viable than existing dominant sources.

  • The first transition was in the 13th century UK from wood to coal due to scarcity of wood and abundance of coal. Coal provided cheaper heating.

  • A key date was 1709 when coke was developed from coal, enabling cheaper iron production and fueling the Industrial Revolution. Coal became the dominant industrial fuel.

  • It took until the early 1900s for coal to supply half the world's energy. Oil surpassed coal as the top source globally in the 1960s due to growth in transportation.

  • Natural gas consumption has risen 60% since 2000, indicating it is becoming an increasingly important fuel. However, environmental and climate change concerns are now bigger drivers of transitions compared to previous economic/technological changes.

  • The passage discusses how major energy transitions have occurred gradually over centuries or more due to new sources replacing, not suddenly disrupting, existing dominant systems. This historical context is relevant for current renewable transitions.

    Here is a summary of the key points about the future of oil demand and the oil and gas industry:

  • Global oil demand is expected to gradually decline from its peak in the mid-2030s as policies promote renewable energy and electric vehicles. However, demand will likely remain well above pre-pandemic levels by 2050.

  • To meet reduced but still substantial demand and offset production declines from existing fields, the industry needs to invest $20 trillion over the next two decades.

  • Major oil companies are adapting by expanding into natural gas, investing in renewables, new technologies, and aiming to become broader "energy companies" with a focus on lowering emissions.

  • The industry brings large-scale engineering skills that can enable growth in hydrogen and offshore wind. But returns are generally lower than oil and gas.

  • US shale growth will moderate but still contribute significantly to global supply. Demand in developing countries will continue to be a key driver for the sector.

  • A balanced transition is needed that promotes both low-carbon goals and continued economic growth, especially post-pandemic. Fossil fuel usage cannot change overnight due to existing infrastructure dependencies.

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  • Russia has leveraged its large natural gas resources as a geopolitical tool to strengthen its influence over European energy markets and neighboring countries. Major pipelines like Nord Stream 1 and 2 further increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas.

  • Russia-Ukraine gas disputes in 2006 and 2009 highlighted Europe's vulnerability and motivated efforts to diversify gas sources. However, countries differ on the right approach between sanctioning Russia versus pragmatism.

  • China has emerged as another key market for Russian energy exports. The countries have strengthened political and economic ties in contrast to their strained relations with the West.

  • Control over Central Asia and transportation routes has geopolitical significance. Territorial disputes in areas like the South China Sea involve strategic considerations related to resources and maritime powers.

    Here is a summary of the key points about China claims in the South China Sea and related tensions:

  • China claims most of the South China Sea based on its nine-dash line map from the 1940s, but the legal basis is ambiguous under UNCLOS.

  • Important shipping lanes and potential oil/gas reserves increase the strategic importance of the region.

  • Under Xi, China has become more assertive in expanding control through island building and naval presence, angering neighbors with overlapping claims.

  • Tensions with other Southeast Asian countries and the US have risen as China pushes its claims.

  • Resolving disputes will require balancing nationalist sentiments with pragmatic compromise through negotiations, not escalation. Trust-building measures are also important.

  • Experts debate whether China's rise will inevitably lead to conflict or if coexistence is still possible through cooperation frameworks. Much depends on future leaders' approaches.

    Here is a summary of the key points from the images referenced in the passage:

  • Image 57 shows part of the BHP carbon capture and storage plant located at the University of Manchester in the UK.

  • Image 58 is a photo from a UN climate conference, taken by the UNFCCC on Flickr.

  • Image 59 shows Biden meeting with energy executives, taken by Al Drago for Bloomberg.

  • Image 60 depicts offshore wind turbines, taken by Anders Hellberg under a CC license.

  • Image 61 shows bushfires in Australia, taken by photographer Graham Hely.

  • Image 62 features a oil field in China, captured by Getty Images photographer Kevin Frayer.

  • Image 63 shows climate activists protesting, taken by Alex Hofford for EPA/Shutterstock.

  • Image 64 is a nature photo of lemurs in Madagascar taken by renowned photographer Frans Lanting.

  • Image 65 presents a wind turbine being manufactured by Siemens Gamesa.

  • Image 66 depicts severe flooding in Iran, shot by AFP photographer Karim Sahib.

  • Image 67 shows Biden speaking at COP27, captured by AP photographer Andrew Harnik.

  • Image 68 is an image from United Press International supplied by Newscom.

In summary, the images depicted a variety of locations, events and subjects related to energy, climate and the environment from various photographers and photo agencies.

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