What do you think about (a) the moral status and (b) the legal status of the oil that powers the cars that we drive to work and school and the the trucks, ships, and trains that transport the goods that we purchase?
Under international law, the natural resources of a country are the sovereign property of the people of that country. However, according to cleantrade.org, the MAJORITY of oil sold in the world is from countries (e.g., Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia) or regions (e.g., ISIS) where the residents have absolutely no say over the sale of oil or disposition of its funds. In essence, even in nation states like Saudi Arabia, the oil sold in support of the government is only a result of the coercion that keeps them in power. ISIS took over oil fields (by force) and sells the oil on the black market, through which it enters the world market.
In no step from its extraction from the ground to the burning in my car’s engine were the people of Saudi Arabia or Equatorial Guinea ever asked whether they gave permission for their oil to be sold, and it is only through the actions those tyrannical governments take to provide for and coerce their subjects that they maintain power.
To me, there’s something wrong with U.S. law that says that the gas I purchase at my local filling station belongs to me. I never acquired a clear title to that