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U.S vs. Russia Oil Production War
The rivalry of U.S. and Russia has been documented over the years. Despite the end of
the World War II and the subsequent Cold War, the supremacy battle between these giants has
failed to end. The rivalry between U.S. and Russia has, in a civilised society, been directed
towards technological advancement, resource control and political influence. Being the
traditional foes that they are, one would expect the U.S. and Russia to fight over one vital
resource; petroleum. While both countries produce a vast quantity of this product and natural
gas, they still get to confront each other over certain petroleum product related issues. Oil has
been the Holy Grail; whoever has more oil, commands more control than the rest. Given the
scarcity and relevance of oil and gas to all economies, a new rivalry has been reborn between
these two greats. Energy diplomacy has subsequently become a tool of policy making and
propaganda used by the two.

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The use of natural gas and oil has cast into doubt the longevity of this rivalry given the
non-renewable and depleting nature of these resources. All the talk about “peak oil” threw into
disarray the future of gas and oil. This implies that the oil production will reach its height and
will be followed by irreversible fall in the reserves. According to Klare, the discovery of
unconventional fuels such as shale oil helped solve the problem. The excitement about shale gas
should not be over relied on since it is exaggerated. A study by the International Energy Agency
revealed that exploring these alternative fuels will only delay peak oil. These are factors that the
U.S., Russia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia are considering in the energy decisions they make.
Russia has held the mantle for the largest oil and gas producer for a long time. Given its
expansive nature, before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, it is justified to have such
endowment. The U.S. has, however, seen a steady increase in its own production. BP reported
that the country experienced a record 8.9 million oil barrels per day (Kirka). With its
revolutionary shale oil boom, U.S. could leapfrog Russia in its 2014 production (Zhdannikov).
There is no doubt that the U.S. has tried to make plans on how it can use its new position to stifle
the power of Russia.
Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Belarus and Moldovans share more than the mere fact that
they are post-soviet states. All these countries have faced threat of hostile/unfriendly treatment
from Russia. The fact that Russia controls oil and gas supply to this country has given it leverage
to treat these countries in a way that they please. Presently, Crimea and Ukraine have been in the
receiving end. Unless they continue to be allied to Russia and abandon their plans to associate
actively with the European Union (EU), oil and natural gas supply will be cut from them
(Surowiecki).

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