Monday, January 31, 2005
The story has been popping up here and there already, but I think I’d just point to this article to underline the trend of US foreign policy hawks endorsing fuel efficiency. They
are going green for geopolitical reasons, not environmental ones. They seek to reduce the flow of American dollars to oil-rich Islamic theocracies, Saudi Arabia in particular. Petrodollars have made Saudi Arabia too rich a source of terrorist funding and Islamic radicals. Last month, Gaffney told a conference in Washington that America has become dependent on oil that is imported from countries that, "by and large, are hostile to us." This fact, he said, makes reducing oil imports "a national security imperative."
Update: See also Thomas Friedmann and Irwin Stelzer.