The New York Times has a new blog about oil called Pipeline. Sadly, it’s behind the $elect pay wall, so most of you will never get to read it.

Here’s a bit from the first post:

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In Nigeria, stolen oil is accelerating decades-old conflicts by bringing together the poor, the thugs and the powerful. For years, struggles over distribution of scarce oil money have turned village against village, and the people generally resent the national government, in part because corrupt and opportunistic politicians hire local thugs to influence elections and suppress challengers. As the trade in stolen oil has grown, the number of weapons entering the Delta has risen dramatically, and local gang members have become skilled fighters. Some gangs now see themselves as challenging the national government and the oil companies for control of the oil resources.

Love oil. Just love it.

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