Although the media give a great deal of coverage to electric vehicles, advances in battery technology and nonconventional modes of transportation, both the International Energy Agency and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) project that the consumption of liquid fuels — oil and gas — will continue to increase over coming decades. The increase in natural gas consumption will be primarily for electric power generation. Crude oil is refined primarily into transportation fuels — gasoline, diesel and jet fuel — almost 80 percent.
Attacking another country’s sources of economic power and its political and cultural cohesion is an old practice in warfare. The former was most clearly explored in the theories of strategic bombing that sprung up after the invention of the airplane in the first part of the twentieth century. The latter is considerably older; history is […]