Energy is it. And there are many ways to steal it. Here are a few.
1.Run a line from the government electrical pole into your house, or from the panel-box of your landlord into your apartment.
2.Drill holes in the oil pipeline and collect with gallon pans, buckets, jars, as in West Africa.
3.Declare a claim to your neighbour’s gas rich territory citing any kind of papal bull: law, injury or flying fish.
4.Drill vertically, then miles beneath the ground, like a thief in the dark, drill horizontally into your neighbour’s oil well.
5.Chose any Arab “dictator”, demonize him, invade him, hang him, murder his people, set up a base over his oilfields into perpetuity.
6.“Smoke out” from his cave the one who threatens the energy security of your energy-rich ally, such as Saudi Arabia.
7.Set up military bases anywhere in Afghanistan or in the middle of the Indian Ocean to “stabilize” shipping routes and multinational oil pipelines, to control prices for your own energy dependent market.
8.Sign oil and gas contracts with dodohead governments, tying them up with legalese and fine print.
9.Do deals, cuts, bribes with local gas barons.
10.Run industrial estates for international corporations, shunting contracts – soil testing, engineering services, feasibility studies – to companies you created and owned just a little time back.
11.Kill alternatives to hydrocarbon for they just “pimp” off your control of the gas agenda.
However, one real sockeye way to steal energy is to sell energy to yourself. Create a project to make a product, a project that will bust, even with enormous and cheap inputs of the nation’s gas, a company lined by a relative in the state energy bureau, lined by a relative managing the project. And how do you claim a “profit” at the end of the line? False accounting: hide and disappear a bulk of the economic, ecological, and opportunity costs of the project, the costs that the state and the people will pay. Relatively easy.
University of West Indies