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Energy Crisis: resource scarcity, oil wars, and climate change

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George Soros and Professor Sir Nicholas Stern will be two members of a distinguished panel taking part in a debate about the energy crisis on Wednesday 4 July.

The event, 'Energy Crisis: resource scarcity, oil wars, and climate change', will take place at the London School of Economics. It has been organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Global Governance.

It marks the launch of a new book Oil Wars, edited by Mary Kaldor, Terry Karl and Yahia Said.

Oil Wars examines the relationship between oil and war in six different regions: Angola, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Indonesia, Nigeria and Russia. This book argues that the main reason why oil-rich countries are prone to war is because of the character of their society and economy. Sectarian groups compete for access to oil resources and finance their military adventures through smuggling oil, kidnapping oil executives, or blowing up pipelines.

The full panel for the Wednesday 4 July event will be:

  • Mary Kaldor, professor of global governance and co-director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE.
  • Yahia Said, research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE, and head of the Middle East Revenue Watch Programme, Open Society Institute.
  • George Soros, chairman of the Open Society Institute.
  • Professor Sir Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE.

Chairing the debate will be LSE Director Howard Davies.

Energy Crisis: resource scarcity, oil wars, and climate change takes place on Wednesday 4 July, 6-7.30pm, at the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2. This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes

The Open Society Institute| (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.

The Centre for the Study of Global Governance is a leading international institution dedicated to research, analysis and dissemination about global governance. Based at the London School of Economics, the Centre aims to increase understanding and knowledge of global issues, to encourage interaction between academics, policy makers, journalists and activists, and to propose solutions. The Centre was established in 1992 by Professor Lord Desai. Today it is led by co-directors Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science David Held and Professor of Global Governance Mary Kaldor. http://www.lse.ac.uk/Depts/global/| 

Press cuttings

Financial Times
The world has two energy crises but no real answers (9 July)
Climate change has only increased the moral and strategic case for alternative energy. Speaking at the London School of Economics last week, Sir Nicholas Stern - author of an influential report on climate change - struggled to sound optimistic. He admitted that finding and deploying alternative energy fast enough to avoid climate disaster would be very difficult, but added: 'It is possible. And if it's not possible, we're in real trouble.'

Legal Brief
Coal dependence complicates fight against global warming - Soros (9 July)
Article about a speech given by George Soros at LSE last week.

Environmental Finance
Capturing carbon from coal is 'essential' for climate - Stern, Soros (6 July)
Technology to capture the carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power stations will be crucial in ensuring climate stability, said economist Nicholas Stern and George Soros, in a lecture given yesterday at LSE. Nicholas Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE and George Soros is chairman of the Open Society Institute and an LSE alumnus.

National Post's Financial Post & FP Investing
Emissions tax better than trades, says Soros (6 July)
Source: Lexis Nexis News

Reuters
Clean energy drive complicated by coal, China - Soros (5 July)
Battling the energy blights of global warming and corruption is complicated by dependence not just on oil, but on coal, as well as by China's quest for fuel in Africa and central Asia, billionaire investor George Soros said.

Guardian
Unilateral destruction (4 July)
To secure energy for the future, tackle climate change and end violence in oil rich areas, a cooperative approach is now required argues Mary Kaldor, professor of global governance and co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE.

21 June 2007

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