Emerging Threat of Resources Wars, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 25, 2013   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is from the July 25, 2013 hearing on "Emerging Threat of Resource Wars" held before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Dana Rohrabacher: "[There is] an increasing global demand for supplies of energy and strategic minerals is sparking intense economic competition that could lead to a counter productive conflict. Who owns the resources, who has the right to develop them, where will they be sent and put to use, and who controls the transport routes from the fields to the final consumers are issues that must be addressed. Whether the outcomes result from competition or coercion; from market forces or state command, we will be determining how to achieve and if we will achieve a world of peace and an acceptable level of prosperity or we won't achieve that noble goal. A 'zero sum world' where no one can obtain the means to progress without taking them from someone else is inherently a world of conflict. When new sources of supply are opened up, as in the case of Central Asia, there is still fear that there is not enough to go around and thus conflict emerges. Additional problems arise when supplies are located in areas where production could be disrupted by political upheaval, terrorism or war. The wealth that results from resource development and the expansion of industrial production increases power just as it uplifts economies and uplifts the standards of peoples. This can feed international rivalry on issues that go well beyond economics." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward C. Chow, Jeffrey Mankoff, John Adams, and Neil Brown.

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