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#peakoil Behind Syria’s Crisis: How Oil & Gas Limits Contributed To The Civil Unrest: The Syrian civil war has...

#peakoil Behind Syria’s Crisis: How Oil & Gas Limits Contributed To The Civil Unrest: The Syrian civil war has...

When oil exports drop, the government finds itself suddenly less able to pay for programs that people have been expecting, such as food subsidies and new irrigation programs to support agriculture. If revenue from oil exports is sufficient, desalination of sea water is even a possibility . In Syria, wheat prices doubled between 2010 and 2011 , for a combination of reasons, including drought and a cutback in subsidies. When basic commodities become too high priced, citizens tend to become very unhappy with the status quo. Civil war is not unlikely. Thus, oil depletion is likely a significant contributor to the current unrest.

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