Monday, June 27, 2005

Oil war gaming

Do any of the following events seem particularly unlikely?
(1) Instability leading to oil company withdrawal in Nigeria.
(2) An unusually cold North American winter.
(3) A minor terrorist incident aimed at Westerners in Saudi Arabia.
(4) A terrorist strike on an oil port in Alaska.
I didn't think so, either. These were the components of a recent energy crisis simulation (like a war game) enacted by former government officials. The results: not good.

Newspaper coverage of the event was poor. Fox News seems to have done the best, both in print and on the air (.wmv). Also, Dan Markel has some interesting observations from the audience.

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