Last updated on: 9/3/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“To put it simply: there is enough oil to meet the world’s needs for the foreseeable future. What is an issue, however, is the deliverability of the required oil. It is here that the industry faces several key challenges, as well as associated opportunities…

With the world expected to rely on fossil fuels for many decades to come it is critical to ensure that future energy growth that supports both economic growth and social progress is compatible with tackling the issue of climate change as we move towards a more carbon-constrained world. It points to the need to promote the early development and deployment of cleaner fossil fuel technologies. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a technology that could make a significant contribution to abate the growth of CO2 emissions.”

“World Oil Outlook 2008,” www.opec.org (accessed June 29, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a permanent intergovernmental organization, currently consisting of 12 oil producing and exporting countries, spread across three continents America, Asia and Africa. The members are Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & Venezuela.

These countries have a population of more than 370 million and for nearly all of them, oil is the main marketable commodity and foreign exchange earner. Thus, for these countries, oil is the vital key to development – economic, social and political. Their oil revenues are used not only to expand their economic and industrial base, but also to provide their people with jobs, education, health care and a decent standard of living.”

“What is OPEC,” www.opec.org (accessed June 29, 2009)

Mission:

“The organization’s principal objectives are:

1. To co-ordinate and unify the petroleum policies of the Member Countries and to determine the best means for safeguarding their individual and collective interests;

2. To seek ways and means of ensuring the stabilization of prices in international oil markets, with a view to eliminating harmful and unnecessary fluctuations; and

3. To provide an efficient economic and regular supply of petroleum to consuming nations and a fair return on capital to those investing in the petroleum industry.”

“What is OPEC,” www.opec.org (accessed June 29, 2009)

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