Energy Access Pipelines and Politics Other (not listed above)

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  • Subject: Sociology - Problems
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Eilperin, J. & Dennis, B. (2017). Trump administration to approve final permit for Dakota Access pipeline. Washington Post. Feb 7, 2017. Retrieved online:

Although not a scholarly source or a primary source, this article in the Washington Post directly addresses the core political concerns related to the proposed Dakota Access pipeline. The article includes a map showing what lands the pipeline would traverse, and the author addresses the land use and land access concerns by Native American stakeholders. Because it talks about the core political, social, and economic issues, this article will be used as a current events resource when developing my argument related to energy pipelines and globalization.

Ericson, R.E. (2013). Eurasian Natural Gas Pipelines: The Political Economy of Network Interdependence. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 50:1, 28-57

This is a scholarly article that places energy pipelines into a global economic context. My research will show how energy pipelines can be viewed and analyzed as both a sociological issue and a sociological problem, because they raise key concerns linked to power, human rights, politics, and economics. While I may focus on the Dakota Access and other North American pipelines, it is crucial to show how many of the most important energy pipelines do traverse international borders and how these transportation networks raise important concerns related to national security but also to the politics and economics of globalization. Pipelines are practically a symbol of globalization and the interdependence between nations, but energy transport can also draw attention to imbalances of wealth and power worldwide.

Gravelle, T.B. & Lachapelle, E. (2015). Politics, proximity and the pipeline: Mapping public attitudes toward Keystone XL. Energy Policy 83(2015): 99-108.

One of the most contentious energy pipeline proposals in North America is Keystone XL, which would transport bitumen harvested in Alberta Canada to refineries in Texas. This vast project presents serious infrastructure, safety, and financial concerns, and also raises questions about the environmental and social impact of such a long pipeline. This scholarly article draws on Pew Research Center surveys about American attitudes towards the Keystone XL proposed project. Questions are related to general support or lack thereof, role of political affiliations and related political issues on support for the pipeline project. The link between political ideology and attitudes towards energy pipelines is the main focus of this research, which is unique in that regard.

Loder, T. (2016). Reflections on activist v. industry education conferences in North Dakota's Bakken Shale. Practicing Anthropology 38(3). Retrieved online:'s_Bakken_Shale/links/579d61a608ae6a2882f2eb57.pdf

This is a scholarly analysis of fracking that, which slightly off topic, adds nuance to my discussion on the role that energy pipelines play in the globalization debate, and how energy pipelines raise important questions related to environmental and social justice. The article is about fracking in North Dakota, part of an overall energy portfolio. It also approaches the energy and environmental issues from an anthropological perspective, which is why this article helps place my research into a broader context.

Nichol, J. (2002). Central Asia's New States: Political Developments and Implications for U.S. Interests. Congressional Report. Retrieved online:

This is a primary source document, a congressional report about energy pipelines in Central Asia and their impact on American foreign policy. The paper provides historical background on the issue and on the geographic area in general, as well as discussing the political realities in Central Asia…

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This is a primary source publication, a joint effort by the United States Department of Transportation and the Steering Committee on Energy Pipelines and Research. In the 70-page document, the authors provide readers with important background information on energy pipelines, showing how about two-thirds of American energy needs come from oil and gas that relies on pipelines for transportation. This is because crude oil is rarely refined and sold where it is produced. With every American as a stakeholder in energy pipeline issues, it is critical that information related to pipeline safety and security be made completely transparent. As a primary source, this publication will become instrumental in my research.

Ziegler, C.E. (2006). The energy factor in China's foreign policy. Journal of Chinese Political Science 11(1): 1-23.

This scholarly article is unique because it examines the politics of energy pipelines from a Chinese perspective. China is an energy importer, almost totally dependent on other countries for receiving oil and natural gas. This means that energy pipelines play a key strategic role in China's foreign policy. This article examines China's energy-related foreign policy from multiple angles and points of view. The author addresses various international relations between China and its energy producer partners around the world. As I want to show the interface between globalization, politics, and energy, this article helps to showcase how energy pipelines symbolize interdependence.

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