Oil is running out. Natural gas is almost impossible to protect. The 1% depends on control of fossil-fuel to keep their power and money. They must have totalitarian rule to prevent attacks on their gas pipelines.
Syria: Army retakes Damascus suburbs - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk: "There have been a number of attacks on pipelines since the Syrian uprising began in mid-March with the government consistently blaming armed terrorist groups. The Assad regime says such groups are behind the violence that has engulfed the country since protests began."