Aggressive uses of natural energy resources

Other Names:
Diversion of scarce petroleum resources for military purposes
Use of oil for strategic purposes

Oil is a commodity of basic strategic importance. No modern defence system can be maintained and no wars fought without a great supply of oil. Thus, significant quantities of scarce oil resources are currently being diverted for military purposes, resulting in less constructive uses of natural energy resources for humanitarian purposes.


The U.S. Department of Defense accounts for an estimated 80% of the federal government’s energy consumption. The defense department is also the world’s single largest institutional consumer of petroleum, which supports the world’s largest collection of guns, tanks, military aircraft and warships.

Related Problems:
Exploitation of fossil fuels
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
13.05.2022 – 10:49 CEST