Thu January 28, 2010
The Realities and Consequences of China's Vast Appetite for Energy
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On today's show, we feature a conversation with Dr. Jean A. Garrison, Director of International Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Garrison was a guest earlier this week of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, where she delivered a talk on "China's Quest for Energy Security: Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy." While she was in Tulsa, Dr. Garrison came by our studios for an interview. As she notes on today's program, China's rapid economic growth --- as remarkable as it's been --- relies on, and will continue to reply on, that country's ability to import larger and larger supplies of energy. And just about everywhere on the planet where one can find oil --- in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and South America --- one can also find many Chinese officials and oil executives staking claims on forthcoming fuel supplies. So, what does this tell us --- not just in terms of China's future or its economy, but also its relations with the U.S., its treatment of the environment, and its place upon the geopolitical stage?