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Saturday, January 19, 2008

US National Intelligence Director says access to energy supplies outranks Al-Queda as security threat | Biofuels Digest

US National Intelligence Director says access to energy supplies outranks Al-Queda as security threat | Biofuels Digest: "US National Intelligence Director says access to energy supplies outranks Al-Queda as security threat

The US National Intelligence Director said that access to energy outranked Al-Queda as a US national security threat.

Mike McConnell, interviewed in The New Yorker, when asked if Al-Queda was the greatest threat to American security said “No, no, no, not at all. Terrorism can kill a lot of people, but it can’t fundamentally challenge the ability of the nation to exist….our issue going forward is more engagement with the world in terms of keeping it on a reasonable path, so another ism doesn’t come along and drive it to one extreme or another. And we have to have some balance in terms of equitable distribution of wealth, containment of contagious disease, access to energy supplies, and development of free markets. There are national security ramifications to global warming.”

In China, fuel riots have began late last year because of shortages. The shortages are affecting Shanghai, the southeast coastal provinces, and are spreading to the interior. Diesel is fixed-priced at $2.42 in China, about one third of the price in European markets."


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