The Carter Doctrine Illustrated

“Let our position be absolutely clear: 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, including military force.”

President Jimmy Carter, January 23, 1980

Larger Map here. 


This map does an excellent job of showing where the oil is in the world versus who uses it. As you can see, the USA is in a category by itself when it comes to petroleum consumption.

This map also does a really nice job of showing why everyone gets a queasy feeling when there’s talk of Saudi Arabia’s oil production possibly peaking.


HT: Andrew Sullivan


4 Responses to The Carter Doctrine Illustrated

  1. BT ga econ says:

    hey Bart what does this map have against Canada’s oil sands, Just about everyone lists them as the #2 deposit in the world now.

  2. Bart says:

    Since this map comes from BP, I’m guessing it’s a map of ‘conventional’ oil reserves. Venezuela’s size on the map indicates that their heavy oil reserves are being counted, but apparently tar sands don’t qualify.

    Part of it may be BP’s assessment of how much production Canada will be able to get out of tar sands, but without further reading it’s hard to tell. I’m no expert in that area, but I think tar sand production requires a lot of natural gas & water, and much of that NG may be needed for heating Canadian & American homes in the coming decade.

  3. Jared says:

    I finished my poster on Peak Oil for my environmental science class this morning. Unfortunately, even though it will be up on display, there wasn’t a chance to present to the class, which I would have liked.
    Thank you so-so-so much for all the links to all the research you’ve had in the past. It was an excellent starting point for everything I tried to cram onto the poster.

  4. Bart says:

    Hey Jared…

    Glad you’ve found useful information through this blog. Getting more people to think about these subjects and do their own research is a big part of why I do this.

    Any chance you can put a copy of your poster online somewhere? I’d like to check it out.

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