"Energy cuts across the entirety of U.S. foreign policy ... It’s at the heart of the global economy ... It rests at the core of geopolitics, because fundamentally, energy is an issue of wealth and power, which means it can be both a source of conflict and cooperation ... Countries have been fighting over resources for centuries. Humankind has always been on the hunt for new and better sources of energy ... Our country is not and cannot be an island when it comes to energy markets ... You may have read about heated disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Well, why do you think that’s happening? There are potentially significant quantities of oil and gas resources right next door to countries with fast-growing energy needs ... Anywhere in the world, when one nation is overly dependent on another for its energy, that can jeopardize its political and economic independence. It can make a country vulnerable to threats and coercion. And that’s why NATO has identified energy security as a key security issue of our time ... The United States stepped up our engagement in support of the African Union and the United Nations to avoid a return to war between the two countries [South Sudan & Sudan], to help boost their economies, and to restart oil production at a critical moment for the world’s oil supply ... There’s no question that Iraq’s increased production has helped stabilize oil markets at this pivotal moment ... Countries that are rich with energy resources often have less democracy, more economic instability, more frequent civil wars ... It’s often called the resource curse. But the resources aren’t the problem. It’s greed ... The United States is convinced that energy in all its complexity will continue to be one of the defining issues of the 21st century. And we are reshaping our foreign policy to reflect that ... Who will benefit, and who will not?  ... All of this is still unknown. The answers to these questions are being written right now, and we intend to play a major role in writing them. We have no choice. We have to be involved everywhere in the world."

Eine Rede von Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State an der Georgetown University, Washington DC über die richtungsweisende Kopplung energetischer Ressourcen - insbesondere Erdöl - und geopolitischer Interessen in der militärischen Außenpolitik der USA. Erschienen beim US State Department (18. Oktober 2012).

Hinweis: studiert man jene Rede im Hinblick auf die Konsequenzen des globalen Ölfördermaximums, so sind Formulierungen, welche unsere aktuelle Zeit als einen "critical" und "pivotal" Moment bezeichnen sehr aufschlußreich was die Interpretation des US State Departments zur sogenannten "Energiediplomatie im 21. Jahrhundert" anbetrifft.