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The last point you underline, Jerome, is of paramount importance to me :

finally: don't forget that people are going to these God-forsaken places to get the oil that YOU will be burning today, tomorrow and again. Before blaming them for providing a valuable service, remember that they are providing that service ultimately to YOU.

There is a bit of schizophrenia in our propensity (as western individuals) to complain about the more or less blameworthy behaviour of the oil majors, whilst keeping on consuming gasoline, diesel, domestic fuel, jet fuel, natural gas, plastics (and so on ...) like crazy ... Which attitude should be condemned first ? The buyer's one or the seller's one ?

------------- If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear (Orwell)

by Baikal (baikal@no-log.org) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 06:43:28 AM EST
I was "fortunate" enough to make a number of business trips to most of the aforementioned countries beginning in early 1995 and continuing until about 98.  Western big oil was the game in Baku even in early 95, and the pipeline across Turkey was just being discussed. Azerbaijan and the other Caucasus countries did not fair particularly well during the Soviet era (I suppose the same could be claimed about the other SSRs), but I do hope most their people finally enjoy some of the prosperity that oil and gas can bring. I don't suppose poor Armenia has much of a chance for some of that energy (as in gas) finding its way across their border, given their history of "dispute" with both Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Sadly, another victim of the Caspian's popularity may be the Sturgeon.  A kilo of beluga could be had for about $25 in 1995.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Tue Nov 21st, 2006 at 10:17:28 PM EST
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