There was a refreshing moment of truthful clarity last week from Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal during an interview on “CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.” Prince Talal admitted that the Saudis want to lower oil prices to avoid moves toward other energy sources and away from oil. It is the same principle upon which drug dealers offer cut-rate narcotics to keep the addiction going for their customers.
Talal, the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia, wants oil down to $70 and $80 a barrel. Why? “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.”
Once again, Congress appears to be helping out by reducing support for renewable energy sources and continuing the mantra of “drill baby drill.” President Obama has joined the chorus and opened up pristine areas for oil development– a move that not only brings great environmental risks but guarantees to keep our addiction to oil going strong.