The Reality Principle – Episode #02 – Oct 25, 2012

delimeter3“Pipelines, Politics, and People“ with Steve Horndelimeter4


RP_83x126“A century ago, oil was just an obscure commodity; today it is almost as vital to human existence as water.” – James Buchanan 

There are countless factors that contribute to the geopolitical reality of today’s world. None are more influential than the issue of energy which lies at the heart of some of the most complex and difficult issues facing nations all over the world. By examining the core issues related to energy – exploration, delivery infrastructure, environmental impacts – one begins to get a clearer picture of just how power operates and the degree to which nations (and empires) are in perpetual competition over resources and influence. What is at stake is not merely the resources themselves, but rather control of the flow of those resources to the competitor and to the world market. Wars, alliances, and large-scale investment are all predicated on the politics of energy, making it a fundamental part of geopolitical balance of power


Steve Horn is an investigative journalist and blogger based in Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in Truthout, AlterNet, Counterpunch, and other publications. Read his blog at and follow him on Twitter @Steve_Horn1022