Category Archives: Energy

Year 13 – New pre-release and Unit 3 links to read.

Pre-release links

1.The GeoFact sheet in the Unit 3 master document is well worth a read for background information.

2. Good article about how Iceland and China are becoming economically and politically closer: Energy, fish and transport.

Unit 3 energy and superpowers

3. A very useful read from Economist on the geopolitics of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia as the regional power and the need to move away from dependency on oil.

4. BBC documentary outlining how Islamic State has risen to be a formidable non state actor in the Middle East. Very useful for providing a background to conflict in the Middle East for the Superpower topic and the role of oil in funding the regime.

5. India is an emerging power. This article outlines what The Economist believes India will need to do over the next 10 years to cement its rise.

27th May links

6. Good outline of the recent modest rise in oil prices, useful for energy and superpowers.

7. Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are ‘deeply troubling and dangerous’

8. Interesting piece on the need to end fossil fuel subsidies

9. Vladamir Putin has accused the US of pushing for a Uni polar world.

6 June

10. A very interesting set of graphs outlining the impact of conflicts in the Middle East on oil prices over time. Links to the original article.


12. Article on the global growth of solar power. Outpacing nuclear….

13, A convincing (although unbalanced) set of points as to why the USA remains the only real Superpower. 

14. How many countries in Africa are leap frogging fossil fuels and building up their renewable energy infrastructure.

15. The rise of ISIS in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Interesting example of the spread of a non state actor to another region.

16. From the Financial Times – A planning decision on Monday could result in the first significant fracking site in the UK, just outside Blackpool:


*Year 13 Christmas homework*

As promised

This includes you Josh!

Your two essay questions and the resource:

June 2013 questions


Second task!

You need to complete the two case studies that you started in class on:

1.Trans Alaskan gas pipeline

2.Middle Eastern Supplies

What to include:

  • Location maps of energy sources
  • Supply pathways
  • How the infrastructure has developed
  • Key facts – how much they transport per year and to who
  • Have there been any political issues? – switching off gas supplies, war
  • What have been the impacts of the above? – prices, economy, political relationships

Use the notes from Mr Mitchell’s management unit 4 course to help with Trans Alaska pipeline as well as the FT article I gave you on energy insecurity and governance issues in the Arctic.


The article on the Middle East that will help your second case study can be found in the Google Drive link here. It is from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.



Year 13 – Period 6, Wednesday 3rd December. Work to complete.

I mentioned in Mr Mitchell’s class that I will not be in for Wednesday’s lesson. In my absence:

This is the link to the UVHS Google Drive site which includes a Powerpoint on Energy Geopolitics and an Economist article on the link between Europe and Russia’s energy security.

I will go through the PPT in detail on Friday. But have a look through it and familiarize yourself with the details and maps. Some of the graphs/maps could be updated with more recent data. Can you find anything more recent?

Then read through the Economist article and answer the following questions. Bring these with you on Friday!

1. How is Europe vulnerable to any change to Russia’s supply of gas to the Ukraine?

2. Download the map above. Describe which countries are linked to Russia through existing pipelines. Using information from page 2, outline how many countries in Eastern Europe are dependent on this complicated gas connectivity.

3. What alternative countries or regions could Europe import gas from to by-pass Russia? (pages 3-4)

4. Could shale gas be exported from the USA to bolster Europe’s energy supply? (page 5)

5. In what ways could Europe and the USA use gas as ‘leverage’ against Russian aggression and use the natural resource as a geopolitical weapon against the country? (pages 6-7)

Year 13 – more articles for your report

The Economist on how North America’s energy revolution in shale oil and gas will impact emerging and developed economies in Asia.

Compare the previous article with this one from Foreign Policy. Same topic, but there is a far more pessimistic outlook that focuses on the impact of having too much LNG.

This article identifies the energy demand of the G20 countries and projected increases. The focus is on the projected growth of energy demand in emerging economies. Good links to the globalisation and superpowers topics. It’s a two page Pdf doc.