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As soon as the land of any country has all become private property, the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed, and demand a rent even for its natural produce. Adam Smith
This country has been economically successful because of cheap energy and cheap labor and we are never going to have these again. Gore Vidal
Before you can exploit, you explore.... When President Reagan signed the paper defining our Undersea Exclusionary Zone, we doubled the size of the United States land. But unlike the Louisiana Purchase where we had a Lewis & Clark Expedition to survey the new land, we don't know what we have. Robert Ballard
What do Saddam Hussein and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle have in common? Neither man wants America to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Family Research Council
The real moral is this: It does not matter how much oil is produced domestically and how much is imported. Presidents may declare that there is an “urgent need” to cut imports and boost “energy independence” — no one ever lost political support by seeing evil and blaming foreigners. Morris Albert Adelman
Sellers of all fuels, whatever their conflicts, can stand in harmony on the platform of high oil prices. Morris Albert Adelman
Climate Change Is No Joke Fossil Fuels Are Soooo Prehistoric Anonymous
They know we own their country. We own their airspace…We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need. William R. Looney III
We should be sending our energy dollars to the Mid-West, not to the Middle East. Nancy Pelosi
Safety and certainty in oil, lie in variety and variety alone. Winston Churchill
A commitment in Iraq was inevitable. We had to establish a base at Basra, and control that port to safeguard Persian oil in case of need. Winston Churchill
Energy Independence Richard Nixon
It’s very hard for Iraqis to believe that we invaded Iraq to install democracy because in the first year of the occupation the Americans opposed the elections that Sistani and other Iraqis had called for….They think the motive was oil. Yaroslav Trofimov
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun Ralph Nader
We can eliminate gasoline in this country in 25 years. Vinod Khosla
We will run out of air long before we run out of oil. Vinod Khosla
When you make $78 billion a year, as the three large oil companies are doing, you have no interest in changing the status quo…. Oil companies are not interested innovation. Vinod Khosla
Automobile efficiency is the ballgame of energy security of the country. Ron Wyden
In the United States you use more oil than water. Water takes a few days to recycle. Oil takes 4 million years. Thierry Breton
Confidentially the State Department is in a bind. Our task would be simple if the reports of the atrocities could be declared untrue or even exaggerated but the evidence, alas, is irrefutable and the Secretary of State wants to avoid giving the impression that while the United States is willing to intervene actively to protect its commercial interests, it is not willing to move on behalf of the Christian minorities. Allen Welsh Dulles
I believe in nationalizing those public necessities which by their very nature are too important to be held in the control of private individuals. By these I mean banking, credit and currency, power, light, oil and natural gas and our God-given natural resources. National Union of Social Justice; Charles E. Coughlin
The United States is a bankrupt nation. It owes the world 14 trillion dollars, and it is truly able to finance itself and the war and the supply of arms to Israel, through the money that is lent to the United States by rich countries, some of which are Muslim countries. And if you stop using the U.S. dollar... Even if you want to sell oil, you can continue to sell oil, but insist on being paid in euros, or yen, or whatever... If you do that, then the U.S. dollar will not be half the value that it has today, and if it doesn't have the value that it has today, it cannot spend money producing arms Mohamad Mahathir
Iran controls over 2,000 km of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Iran can block oil export whenever necessary. Fox News doesn't have to make propaganda out of this. This is a natural ability of our country…. Both geo-politically and geo-strategically, we control this strategic artery of the world Hosein Salami
Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs. Henry A. Kissinger
I helped make Mexico...safe for American oil interests. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank …. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. Smedley Butler
America is addicted to oil. George W. Bush
What sort of country hides the identity of people who have killed American military personnel stationed in that country defending it and its royal family? Al Gore
We [Arabs] export not only oil but techniques and tools of torture. Our states, run by ministries of the interior and the security services, are regimes bereft of legitimacy and based on violations of dignity and human rights. Khaled Chouket
America is addicted to oil which is often imported from the most unstable part of the world. George W. Bush
One party is financing both sides in this war—namely us. Frank Gaffney
American oil operations are, for all practical purposes, instruments of our foreign policy. Dean Acheson
Never have so few, lost so much, so stupidly, so fast. Dean Acheson
The President [George W. Bush] is an oil man, indifferent to the environment. Bruce Babbitt
The developing countries are scared out of their wits now, because they don’t understand what they’re being forced to sign. The agreements are going way outside the trade issues and involve a helluva lot of things like your access to oil, your access to intellectual property and capital controls…. When I looked through the investment agreements, it was worse than reading my insurance policy for the fine print. I couldn’t make anything out of it, and I’m a reasonably informed person, a pretty smart economist as they go. Jagdish Bhagwati
There is a liquid more precious than oil – water! Tony Blair
Because of the greatness of the Shah, Iran is an island of stability in the Middle East. Jimmy Carter
We're starting to realize the limitations of oil income, that you can't live the life of Riley forever. Antonio Casas
A drop of oil is worth a drop of blood. Georges Clemenceau
Without oil our Navy would be like painted ships upon a painted ocean. Josephus Daniels
I sometimes suspected that the major qualification for most aspirants for membership on the [Senate] Finance Committee was a secret pledge or agreement to defend the [oil and gas] depletion allowance against all attacks.... [and] campaign funds reinforced these pledges. Paul H. Douglas
I knew I could get a better price without calling for bids Albert B. Fall
The oil and gas lobby, with the vast amount of money at its disposal, is, I believe, the most diabolical influence at work in the nation's capitol. It has for years succeeded in blocking the assignment of public-spirited members to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate, and also intervened in the election of leaders and assistant leaders in both Houses. Al Gore
Forty million Arabs are going to push four hundred thousand Jews into the sea. And that's all there is to it. Oil—that is the side we ought to be on. James Forrestal
Those who say "not in my back yard" are saying "rape someone else's back yard. Walter J. Hickel
My country is not the gasoline pump for America. Saddam Hussein
Civilization as we know it could not continue to exist without oil. Harold L. Ickes
How the United States chose to deal with its growing reliance on foreign oil would determine its future. Andrew J. Bacevich
He [Douglas] would understand it a little better if there were a few oil wells in Cook County . Lyndon B. Johnson
When a gas and oil bill comes in here, everybody says it's crooked, for the same reason they think a girl on the street after midnight is probably up to something. But for me, I don't accuse a girl until I see her doing more than walking. Lyndon B. Johnson
Robber Barons Matthew Josephson
There was a time when the deal between the Saudis and us made sense: after 1945, we need oil, lots, cheap, in guaranteed amounts and at stable prices. In return, we protected them from regional and extra-regional predators - Nasser, the Soviets, etc. They became rich, we powered industry. Good deal. Problems started later: as soon as the kingdom stabilized, King Faisal conceived a great design of taking over Sunni Islam to the Wahhabi creed, and Saudi imperial goals. Lawrence Murawiec
Energy patriotism" ... We could all stick it to [Iraqi President] Saddam Hussein today if we all drove 55 miles an hour around our Capital Beltway. Barbara Mikulski
The world’s dependence on Gulf oil will last for at least another generation. Khaled bin Sultan
The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights J. Paul Getty
Just as the stone age did not end for lack of stones, the oil age will not end because of a scarcity of oil. Leonardo Maugeri
Why did we leave Afghanistan? It’s because there is no oil in Afghanistan. Rob Reiner
Other nations struggle to gain more territory, more food, more petroleum. Spain has battled and will continue to do battle so that there are more Catholics and honourable men in the world. Spain
[Describing Iraq:] … floats on a sea of oil. Paul Wolfowitz
The United States is pursuing a series of goals (spreading democracy, asserting its hegemony, securing oil supplies) that are ultimately incompatible. Slavoj Zizek
The oil market is the biggest failure of the free market because it did not take into account the environmental damage. Eleanor Clift
The price of oil and the price of freedom always move in opposite directions in oil rich ‘petrolist’ states. The higher the average global crude oil prices rises, the more free speech, free press, free and fair elections, an independent judiciary, the rule of law, and independent political parties are eroded. Thomas Friedman
The price of oil and the pace of freedom always move in opposite directions. It’s the First Law of Petropolitics. Thomas Friedman
We are funding the rope for the hanging of ourselves. James Woolsey
The First Law of Petropolitics: The price of oil and the pace of freedom always move in opposite directions in states that are highly dependent on oil exports for their income and have weak institutions or outright authoritarian governments. Thomas Friedman
People change when they have to – not when we tell them to. Thomas Friedman
The real obstacle to progress in Nigeria is not a lack of resources; it is who controls them and how they are used. Jean Herskovits
I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil …. Whatever their publicized angst over Saddam Hussein's 'weapons of mass destruction,' American and British authorities were also concerned about violence in an area that harbors a resource indispensable for the functioning of the world economy Alan Greenspan
If the principle product of the Middle East were broccoli, we would not worry about the Middle East. George Will
Even though the Arab countries have both strategic and invaluable subterranean riches, most of them are poor. Mehmet Kamis
The soil of no country is rich enough to attain a great mass of wealth, merely by the exchange and exportation of its own natural product. Charles D'Avenant
On no one country, on no one region, on no one route … must we depend for our oil supply. Winston Churchill
The reason you have high oil prices in the United States is that you do not have enough refineries to refine the oil. Do you know that there has not been a refinery built in America in 15 years. Bandar Bin Sultan
I will put Iran’s oil income on people’s dinner table. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
I had to cheat, steal, beg, borrow and lie…. Pete Kott
The oil companies don’t own the resources…. We own the resources. Sarah Palin
The purpose of the imperialists is to keep us backward, to keep us in our present miserable state so they can exploit our riches, our underground wealth, our lands and our human resources. They want us to remain afflicted and wretched, and our poor to be trapped in their misery ... they and their agents wish to go on living in huge palaces and enjoying lives of abominable luxury…. In order to assure the unity of the Islamic umma, in order to liberate the Islamic homeland from occupation and penetration by the imperialists and their puppet governments, it is imperative that we establish a government. ... we must overthrow the oppressive governments installed by the imperialists and bring into existence an Islamic government of justice ... Ruhollah Khomeini
The Persian Gulf region would have zero strategic importance were it not for the oil. Andrew J. Bacevich
I’ve been kept busy trying to ward off congressional resolutions of sympathy for these groups. Allen Welsh Dulles
The Department of State has become a concession hunting agency for the Standard Oil Company Vardan Cardashian
Show this administration an oil well, and it will show you a foreign policy. Byron Patton Harrison
If they turn on their radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs (surface-to- air missiles). They know we own their country. We own their airspace…We dictate the way they live and talk. And that’s what’s great about America right now. It’s a good thing, especially when there’s a lot of oil out there we need. William R. Looney III
Every sector of our economy depends on affordable energy… The state of American energy must be good in order for our economy to thrive. Jack Gerard
The oil companies legally bribe members of Congress to allow them to drill for oil in the ANWR. Jimmy Carter
If the US directly supports Israel, ARAMCO can anticipate being nationalized if not today, then tomorrow. If the US does not stay out of this conflict, the US is finished in the Middle East. Robert I. Brougham
We are ready to kill to keep our automobiles running. We're ready to kill to keep up our materialistic, wasteful economy.... I am sick and tired of 18-year-olds being coerced into bearing the burden of the failures of politicians to face the tough economic choices needed to end our dependency on foreign oil. Mark Hatfield
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
The Department of Energy was created for one purpose: To obtain energy independence. Yet where are we? Allen West
Everything in the Middle East is connected to everything else Lee H. Hamilton
The key thing is to get off our reliance on fossil fuel. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Corruption in Nigeria is blocking development even though they have all this oil wealth. Bill Gates
Except for a few oil-rich countries, no developing country has successfully modernized without slowing population growth. Lester R. Brown
We must be cognizant of the fact that the absence of economic rationality and perpetual political instability in our societies prevent us from fully benefiting from our resources as well as capabilities. In the extreme case, we find ourselves in devastating wars. Our conflict-ridden geography has substantially undercut our ability to develop economically. Natural wealth, including oil revenues has been wasted and the focus of attention has been other than human development Abdullah Gul
Accelerating the development of hydrogen fuel cells and the infrastructure needed for hydrogen production, delivery, and storage should be a national priority. Hydrogen could fundamentally change the transportation sector in this country and around the world… Samuel W. Bodman
Most of the oil rich exporting countries were not really helped in the long run by their oil resources. Oil wealth distorted the development of the country. Corruption, the concept of something for nothing, the lack of development of a manufacturing or agricultural base, the resources to keep a dictator in power without depending on the people—all were problems. Martin Sabrow
The Diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. Rudolf Diesel
The diesel engine can be fed with vegetable oils and would help considerably in the development of agriculture of the countries which use it. The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time. Rudolf Diesel
The Seven Elevens in downtown Houston are better protected than the largest oil refinery in the world. John Sopko
Of $350 billion that was used for good purposes let’s say that $50 billion was for improper purposes. I say, so what! Bandar Bin Sultan
No great power will allow itself to be strangulated. Henry A. Kissinger
Israel is a small piece of land. We are not even 1 percent of the Arab space, you know. We don't have water. We don't have oil. Our greatness, if one may say greatness, stems from the fact we had nothing to start with. So we turned to human talent because there weren't natural resources. The Arabs can do it too. Shimon Peres
I do not think there should be a limit on the rig's liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. ... The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite. John Chafee
You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough. Wendell Berry
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
... the rising costs and risks of these fossil fuels are undercutting the security and prosperity they have enabled. Each day, the United States spends about $2 billion buying oil and loses another $4 billion indirectly to the macroeconomic costs of oil dependence, the microeconomic costs of oil price volatility, and the cost of keeping military forces ready for intervention in the Persian Gulf. Amory Lovins
When I came into the oil there was chaos. I brought order…. It was done the way it was because that was the way it had to be done. John D. Rockefeller
Oil is what this country runs on. You call it monopoly. I call it enterprise. John D. Rockefeller
The world petroleum story is one of the most inhuman known to man: in it, elementary moral and social principles are jeered at. If powerful oil trusts no longer despoil and humiliate our country it is not because these predators have become human, but because we have won a hard-fought battle which has been going on since the beginning of the century. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
We see governments come and go. Lee R. Raymond
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power. Jimmy Carter
Big oil, big steel, big agriculture avoid the open marketplace. Big corporations fix prices among themselves and thus drive out of business the small entrepreneur. Also, in their conglomerate form, the huge corporations have begun to challenge the very legitimacy of the state. Gore Vidal
Many of the wars this century were about oil, but those of the next century will be over water Ismail Serageldin
War over water would be an ultimate obscenity. And yet, unfortunately it is conceivable... Lisa Najeeb Halaby; Queen Victoria
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
The total exports of the entire Arab world, not counting oil and gas, amount to less than Finland, one tiny European country… their economies depend entirely on oil…. Sooner or later, oil and gas either be exhausted or superseded as the modern world turns to other sources of energy. When that happens, they will have nothing left. One possibility is that they will develop other forms of economic activity. Another, more likely, is that the region will lapse into insignificance. Bernard Lewis
Three factors defeated us in the West where I was in command. First, the unheard-of superiority of your air force, which made all movement in daytime impossible. Second, the lack of motor fuel - oil and gas - so that the Panzers and even the Luftwaffe were unable to move. Third, the systematic destruction of all railway communications so that it was impossible to bring one single railroad train across the Rhine. Gerd von Rundstedt
The invasion of Iraq will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever fought. It was a war in which a band of rich nations, armed with enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world several times over, rounded on a poor nation, falsely accused it of having nuclear weapons, used the United Nations to force it to disarm, then invaded it, occupied it, and are now in the process of selling it. Arundhati Roy
Stop complaining about the price of your gas. Be thankful your car doesn't run on bottled water. David A. Ridenour
Nothing has really taken me aback more as Secretary of State than the way that the politics of energy is –… warping diplomacy around the world…we have simply got to do something about the warping now of diplomatic effort by the all-out rush for energy supply Condoleeza Rice
The Middle East does not follow Las Vegas rules. Whatever happens in the Middle East affects the rest of the world. Paul Danahar
The government playing entrepreneur is not a good role for the government. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
Countries that are rich in petroleum have less democracy, less economic stability, and more frequent civil wars. Michael L. Ross
Secrecy helps give oil wealth its democracy-repelling powers: citizens are satisfied with low taxes and seemingly generous benefits only when they do not realize how much of their country’s wealth is being lost to theft, corruption, and government incompetence. Michael L. Ross
Control of oil revenue has helped autocrats stay in power. Michael L. Ross
The problem is that the good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas reserves where there are democratic governments. Dick Cheney
The downsides of fossil fuels, notably their geopolitical and environmental risks, are not fully reflected in their market prices. Jeffrey Bell
Historically, countries have made big energy shifts only when confronted with acute fossil-fuel crises: oil embargoes, debilitating pollution, or wars. Jeffrey Bell
Let Those Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark Anonymous
We’re at war with no guns. T. Boone Pickens
The non-democratic governments of petro-states, … use the wealth of at their disposal to resist pressure for more democratic government. In effect, they bribe the people they rule, persuading these citizens to forgo political liberty and the right to decide who governs them. Michael Mandelbaum
The Mexican oil and gas monopoly, Pemex, literally fuels corruption. Fareed Zakaria
An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary. Jimmy Carter
When I go down in my state, I see virtually none of the independent oil producers for [President Jimmy] Carter … We’ve gotten higher drilling rig counts, more dollars being spent, more activity, more profits being made by oil people than ever before. But do they like Carter? Oh no. they hate him because of his rhetoric. Johnston J. Bennett Jr.
We will no longer be kowtowing to despotic rulers and feudal monarchs whose oil supply lines are crucial to other aspects of foreign policy. Edward Lewis Morse
Each year some 1,400 square miles of land in Northern China turns into desert …. Civilization can survive the loss of its oil reserves, but it cannot survive the loss of its soil reserves. Wang Tao
Arabs may have the oil, but we have the matches Ariel Sharon
Oil, Jews and Germans, are our most important export commodities. Nicolae Ceausescu
While Arctic warming is a fait accompli, it should not be taken as a license to recklessly plunder a sensitive environment …. Like it or not, the Arctic is open for business and governments and investors have every reason to get in on the ground floor. Scott Borgerson
Russia is a gas station posing as a country. John McCain
They died for the greed of the oil cartels, for the expansion of the American empire, for the political ambitions of the President. They died to cover up the theft of the nation’s wealth for the machines of death. Howard Zinn
Why would we frack our countrysides and our watersheds when we know that energy efficiency would save more energy that natural gas can provide. Michael Brune
Why would we build a thousand mile pipeline taking almost a million barrels of oil from the most carbon intensive fuel source on the planet when wind energy is a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot cleaner. Michael Brune
Why did they pick the [Indian] Reservations to lay down their pipeline? They were probably thinking the indigenous people were not going to stand up. Michaelynn Hawk
We, the people of the United States, and nobody else, must cure whatever is wrong with the industrial situation, typified by this narrative of the Standard Oil Company. Ida Tarbell
Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must. Sarah Palin
What starts in the Middle East never stays in the Middle East.. John McLaughlin
We now have to take a whole new look at the Iranian situation and probably have to snuggle up to Mosaddegh if we’re going to save anything there. Walter Smith
Any steps that might be taken to compensate for the negligence of today might well be too late.. Mohammad Mosaddegh
Unless I am presented with evidence that the producers of oil, coal or hides were unable to compete successfully without reduction of wages, then they do not need a duty and their articles should go on the free list.. William Howard Taft
Even oil wealth will not insulate a country from modernity forever. Fareed Zakaria
We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil. Gerald R. Ford
God thawed the Arctic so we can drill there. Brian McFadden
A state becomes “rentier” if oil, gas, and mineral rents constitute over 40 percent of its revenues…. This maintains the rulers. Ahmet T. Kuru
They are one of the most profitable industries in the world, and they’re throwing money into Washington DC. They’re buying politicians. Kate Colarulli
Your friends, through economic mismanagement (see Greece), can harm you faster than your enemies. And your rivals falling (see Russia and China) can be more dangerous than your rivals rising. If Russia, an economy spanning nine time zones, goes into recession and cannot pay foreign lenders with its lower oil revenues — and all this leads to political turmoil and defaults to Western banks — that crash will be felt globally Thomas Friedman
Our oil policy should be to find more and use less. Mitch McConnell
Venezuela’s state oil company routinely spends more on social programs then it does on exploration and production. Lisa Viscidi
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner
Companies that are owners and producers of oil, natural gas, or coal reserves are excluded from our mutual funds. As inverstors we are not simply passive actors. Each investment is a decision to allocate capital. We should be mindful or the wider implications. This is particualrly true for climate change, which places all life at risk. We are now living on a planet whose atmosphere ahs changed int one that no human being has ever excperienced before. Amy Domini
Who was behind the attack on America of 2011? 15 of the 18 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and the ideology that they followed was from Saudi Arabia …. Saudi Arabia has supported the Taliban and Al Qaeda before the United States was attacked. Most of their funds came from Saudi Arabian individuals. But more important, the ideology that they followed came from Saudi Arabia.Who was behind the attack on America of 2011? 15 of the 18 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and the ideology that they followed was from Saudi Arabia …. Saudi Arabia has supported the Taliban and Al Qaeda before the United States was attacked. Most of their funds came from Saudi Arabian individuals. But more important, the ideology that they followed came from Saudi Arabia. Mohammad Javad Zarif
The problem of oil, it might be tersely said, is that there is always too much or too little. Myron Watkins

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