Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University

February 8, 2013 - News

Misguided “Oil Scarcity Ideology” Has Distorted US National Security Policy

By Roger Stern

The “peak oil” fallacy is not new; in fact it has long inflicted real harm in the geopolitical sphere despite persistent evidence of its falsity. Roger Stern, Research Assistant Professor of Energy at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business, describes in a new PESD working paper how “oil scarcity ideology” influenced US national security policy in profoundly detrimental ways from 1909 to 1980.