The worst part about America’s over-reliance on oil is that it funnels money into the hands of assholes like Al-Waleed bin Talal, who wants lower oil prices to prevent “the West” from going out and finding alternatives to oil.
In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, bin Talal says that the price of a barrel of oil needs to be somewhere between $70 and $80 a barrel, rather than over $100 of barrel. Why? To maximize profits, while at the same time discouraging Western governments from seeking alternatives to costlier gasoline. His exact quote is as follows;
“We don’t want the West to go and find alternatives, because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they have incentives to go and find alternatives.”
There you have it folks, from the mouth of the Satan himself. Keep oil low to keep America and the West dependent on us. If this isn’t an eye-opening statement well really, I don’t know what is. But every day we stay dependent on oil is a day this dickhead (the world’s 26th richest man according to Forbes) gets to stay in power.
And I’d like nothing more than to see Saudi Arabia be the next country to fall to the Arab Spring uprisings. And it’s already started, despite their best efforts to keep a lid on the inner turmoil. Recently Saudi women, who are forbidden to drive (among many, many other things) by government decree, have taken to the streets without male chaperones as a form of protest before being arrested. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that bin Talal has donated money to “Palestinian martyrs” and is also a 7% stake holder in News Corp…the same company that owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, and other anti-alternative fuel networks.
Seriously, I hate this guy and everything his wickedly corrupt government stands for. I truly believe their days are numbered though, and they know that the only card they’ve got left to play is the crude card. Without oil money, their regime won’t last a week. Get off oil, free a nation. If only it were that simple.
Source: CNN | Image: Reuters
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.