Friday, September 22, 2006

Oil and Stones

"The Stoneage didn't end because we ran out of stones."
- Al Gore on CNN today.


"Saudi Wary Of 'Green' Policies To Reduce Oil Consumption"

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has expressed concern that oil could become a victim of "selective" environment policies and called for striking a balance between a cleaner environment and development. The kingdom, whose economy heavily relies on oil income, said the use of advanced technology to carry out environment-friendly projects is the best solution to achieve economic development without harming the climate.

"We are concerned that some environment-related decisions, which some countries are trying to impose, could reduce global consumption of oil," Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi said....


It seems to me that G.W.Bush is too close to the Saudis for our own good. A lot of people remember the footage of Bush and one the Saudi princes walking hand in hand as if they were best friends (or better). The Bushes profit from Oil, along with the Saudis. It's not surprising that they are against recognizing global warming - or at least in taking any meaningful steps to reduce it.

The Nation is reporting "the Bush Administration and the Pentagon have issued orders for a major "strike group" of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran's western coast.

....official sources in the public affairs office of the Navy Department at the Pentagon confirm that this powerful armada is scheduled to arrive off the coast of Iran on or around October 21.

It's hard to know where the Israeli/Palestine conflict starts and stops and where the protection or control of oil begins and ends, instead. It seems to be all mixed up. And then there is the war profiteering of Haliburton/Cheney and all of that. There may be someone in government who thinks that what they are doing is for the public good - if they tell themselves that we need to use as much oil as possible and/or that we are the "good guys" for killing Muslims. It's hard to figure - and I don't see any good from any of it.

And we all know how a military strike bolsters the president's (and his party's) popularity polls - with this Iran thing coming just in time for the midterm elections. Blech.

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