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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Juan Cole

Exxon is more likely to take advantage of the Supreme Court's traitorous ruling than the Saudis, if only because the company's future relies on the U.S. not being energy independent. A few billion in political ads and a couple of hundred thousand more dead American soldiers are worth sustaining the addiction.
It will be interesting to see if the oil and gas corporations directly come after Green candidates in November and shape Congress in their image. I don't think that is the Saudis' style, but it is that of Exxon-Mobil and other energy giants. (The Saudis tend to lobby already-elected high officials behind the scenes rather than doing grassroots work, and in that way are the opposite of the Israel lobbies).

The other thing is that some Saudis have an interest in green energy, including the oil minister. Look up the Empty Quarter on google if you want to guess why. And, Saudi Arabia is moving forward with solar-powered water desalinization plants, which if they can be built and operated economically, might save the arid Middle East from decades of further warfare (Israel-Syria-Jordan, Yemen, Turkey-Iraq, etc. are all looming water wars waiting to happen if there isn't such a breakthrough).

So it is not actually in the Saudis' interest to prevent the USG from throwing research money at solar energy, since they will be able to produce a lot of it and continue to get rich from energy production, and because they need it themselves for effective water plants of the future.

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