The world is indeed a strange, wild place these days. While one wouldn’t think an oil-rich nation like Saudi Arabia would be ready to climb aboard the green train, there are elements within the Saudi royal family who think going green is a great idea, including Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, who recently said he wanted to see his oil-rich nation go 100% green in his lifetime.
Prince Al Saud’s exact quote was “I would like to see Saudi Arabia using 100 percent renewable energy within my lifetime.” That could be part of the reason that Mecca, the Muslim holy city located in Saudi Arabia, is exploring ways to eliminate its carbon footprint and become a 100% green city.
Few countries are as well positioned to go green as Saudi Arabia. With hundreds of thousands of miles of undeveloped desert and uninterrupted sunlight, Saudi Arabia could easily become a green energy hub. This green energy could be sold to neighboring countries alongside Saudi Arabia’s massive oil supplies.
But not everybody share’s Prince Al Saud’s vision. Another Saudi Prince doesn’t want the United States and other nations developing alternatives to Saudi crude, afraid it could interrupt their egregious profits. Even if Saudi Arabia does go green, that doesn’t mean the rest of world can or will easily follow suit. Oil will continue to flow outward from Saudi borders for the foreseeable future, though production could be matched, or even passed, by a newly-resurgent America.
Yet I think it says something about the greening of the world’s energy economy when a member of the wealthiest oil monarchy wants to take his nation in a more sustainable direction. Maybe Mitt Romney and his energy advisors would be well-advised to look at Saudi Arabia’s oil policies; the GOP has already embraced the Saudi’s view of women’s rights (or lack thereof), why not their energy policy?