The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp
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How the massive power shift in Russia threatens the political dominance of the United States

There is a new cold war underway, driven by a massive geopolitical power shift to Russia that went almost unnoticed across the globe. In The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp, energy expert Marin Katusa takes a look at the ways the western world is losing control of the energy market, and what can be done about it.

Russia is in the midst of a rapid economic and geopolitical renaissance under the rule of Vladimir Putin, a tenacious KGB officer turned modern-day tsar. Understanding his rise to power provides the keys to understanding the shift in the energy trade from Saudi Arabia to Russia. This powerful new position threatens to unravel the political dominance of the United States once and for all.

  • Discover how political coups, hostile takeovers, and assassinations have brought Russia to the center of the world's energy market
  • Follow Putin's rise to power and how it has led to an upsetting of the global balance of trade
  • Learn how Russia toppled a generation of robber barons and positioned itself as the most powerful force in the energy market
  • Study Putin's long-range plans and their potential impact on the United States and the U.S. dollar

If Putin's plans are successful, not only will Russia be able to starve other countries of power, but the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) will replace the G7 in wealth and clout. The Colder War takes a hard look at what is to come in a new global energy market that is certain to cause unprecedented impact on the U.S. dollar and the American way of life.


Marin Katusa (Stowe, VT) has spent his career traveling the world and investing in oil, gas, and alternative energy. He has visited nearly every major supplier and buyer of energy in the world, in both far-flung locations like Astrakhan and Kazakhstan and the centers of the global energy trade and economy: China's Three Gorges dam; Israel's massive natural gas discoveries; Canada's northern territories; offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil; the oil fields of Iraq; and of course, Russia.


Foreword by Doug Casey ix

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 The End of the Lost Decade 1

Chapter 2 Humbling the Oligarchs 17

Chapter 3 The Great Game and the End of the Cold War 39

Chapter 4 The Slavic Warrior 55

Chapter 5 Ukraine 65

Chapter 6 Putin the Statesman 83

Chapter 7 The Putinization of Oil 91

Chapter 8 The Putinization of Gas 107

Chapter 9 The Putinization of Uranium 123

Chapter 10 The Middle East: Oil, Wars, and the Great Game 141

Chapter 11 Twilight of the Petrodollar 195

Chapter 12 Post-Petrodollar America 211

Afterword 223

References 225

About the Author 231

Index 233


“Katusa may not be painting a picture that we want to see but it is certainly worth taking a look” (Mortgage Strategy, March 2015)