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Neoliberal Nigeria, The United States, and Oil: Linking Production and Consumption

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Title: Neoliberal Nigeria, The United States, and Oil: Linking Production and Consumption
Creators: Kass, Amanda
Advisor: Wainwright, Joel
Issue Date: 2008-06
Abstract: Despite the 2007 findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other signs that human-induced climate change is occurring, states have accomplished little to reduce energy consumption. Most proposed solutions to climate change fail to substantially reduce energy consumption in the global north. This paper seeks to understand the political economy of oil under neoliberalism, by examining the connections between oil production in Nigeria and consumption in the USA. More narrowly, I consider how the rise of a new militant anti-oil group in the Niger Delta region, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), and alternative energies being explored in the United States are both responses to depleting fossil fuels. The paper argues that neoliberal policies have contributed to extremes between socioeconomic groups at all scales. Thus, the prospects for addressing global warming have been reduced/worsened by the hegemony of neoliberalism.
Embargo: No embargo
Series/Report no.: The Ohio State University. Department of Geography Sciences Honors Theses; 2008
Keywords: political economy
oil
climate change
Marxism
Sponsors: Department of Geography
College of Arts and Science
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Critical Difference for Women
Description: 2007-2008 Critical Difference for Women Professional Development Grant recipient
2008 Huntington Award Winner, Department of Geography
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/32236
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