The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Record Oil Consumption

Aug 21, 2023

This article is translated from the August 18 issue #2872 of Lutte Ouvrière (Workers’ Struggle), the newspaper of the revolutionary workers group of that name active in France.

The year 2022 broke all records for oil consumption: 99.9 million barrels per day. And the International Energy Alliance, which provides these figures, predicts a new record in 2023: 102.2 million barrels/day. Some major producers, such as Saudi Arabia, are limiting production, but only to keep prices up, not to limit consumption.

Governments, international organizations and the media talk of nothing but global warming, the greenhouse effect, melting glaciers, mega-fires, hurricanes and threats to biodiversity. Meanwhile, black gold is flowing like never before, bolstered by gas and coal, enriching every billionaire on Earth. Contradiction? No, it’s a division of labor: some people entertain public opinion with green energies, while others pocket the greenbacks!