Unencyclopedic articles, part 1

Intention of posts from this category is improvement of Wikipedia. Sometimes I am able to change articles, sometimes I am not and I am asking readers to do so. In the second type of cases you will see described situation only if you read this post soon after I published it. Otherwise, please take a look at article history.


There is unacceptable high amount POV, OR and other kinds of unencyclopedic materials (not only) on (English) Wikipedia. Present situation is telling us that something important is wrong here. Because of such situation I think that it is necessary to mark POV articles and POV pushers publicly. At least one article will be added per post.

Article Peak oil

Problematic section is “Resource nationalism”. Here is the citation of the section:

Kate Dorian of Platts said “some oil-rich countries are restricting oil sales outside of their country. These countries are now reluctant to share their reserves”[39] According to consulting firm PFC Energy, only 7% of the world’s estimated oil and gas reserves are in countries that allow companies like ExxonMobil free rein. Fully 65% are in the hands of state-owned companies such as Saudi Aramco, and the rest are in the likes of Russia and Venezuela, where access by Western companies is volatile. The PFC study implies political factors are limiting capacity increases in Mexico, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait and Russia. Saudi Arabia is also limiting capacity expansion but because of a self-imposed cap, unlike the other countries.[54][55] As a result of not having access to countries amenable to oil exploration, ExxonMobil isn’t making nearly the investment in finding new oil that it did in 1981.

Mexico nationalized its oil industry in 1938, and has never privatized it, restricting foreign investment. Since the giant Cantarell field in Mexico is now in decline, the state oil company Pemex has faced intense political opposition to opening up the country’s oil and gas sector to foreign participation. Some feel that the state oil company Pemex does not have the capacity to develop deep water assets by itself, but needs to do so if it is to stem the decline in the country’s crude production.[56]

Major oil companies operating in Venezuela find themselves in a difficult position because of the resource nationalism that’s spreading. Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhilips have said they would walk away from their large investment in the Orinoco heavy-oil belt rather than accept tough new contract terms which raise its tax take and oblige all foreign companies to accept minority shares in joint ventures with the state oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).[57]

Iran, now among the world’s leading crude-oil exporters, could become a net importer of oil within the next few years. This is due to a rising demand and slow-growing production.[58] As the world’s second-biggest proven reserves of oil, its people are furious that the Government has suddenly brought in petrol rationing. [59]

In Russia, Vladimir Putin’s government has pressured Royal Dutch Shell to hand over control of one major project on Sakhalin Island, to Russia’s Gazprom in December. Such moves strain the confidence of international oil companies in forming partnerships with Russia.[58]

Section is well referenced, but it doesn’t mean that it is not POV. Here is what I left on the talk page:

It is not a “nationalism”, but power struggle between some governments and multi-national companies. In this sense, section should be completely rewritten (with relevant sources) in WP:NPOV manner and not in the point of view which supports one of the sides. In this moment section is classical example of POV and supports claims of one side in the power struggle (“nationalism” governments of Venezuela and Russia against “objective”, “progressive” or what? multi-national companies like Shell is). —millosh (talk (meta:)) 13:51, 8 August 2007 (UTC)


See other unencyclopedic articles.

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~ by millosh on August 8, 2007.

 
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