An article by Juan Cole about the cooling of the Saudi Arabia/USA relationship and how the USA should be able to shrug this degrading association by cutting back on the oil.
The Saudi royal family is looking for a different model of politics in the world, one where absolute monarchy and hard line Wahhabi fundamentalism wouldn’t look out of place. America is not it. They have been toying in Riyadh with a pivot to China. An unelected Communist Party that has taken the capitalist road and desperately needs Saudi petroleum has started to look good to the king.
Not the capitalist road, but the internal combusting road, with its usual ramifications on the shape and ambience of the cities.
Despite the surge in US production, the price [of oil] is at a historic high, because China, India and other Asian countries are rapidly increasing their demand as they turn to having automobiles rather than riding bicycles.
And that is terrible news. Indian brides used to have a sturdy roadster included in their dowries. Now they want cars.
The United States uses roughly 18.7 million barrels of oil a day, mainly for transportation. [How much of that is for long-distance haulage and for social services like fire engines, ambulances and the police, and how much for commuting to work or driving to the supermarket, or, with the bitterest irony, to the gym?]
If the US wants to avoid being hostage to Saudi pique, and wants to avoid losing the game of musical chairs while China sits pretty, it needs to move quickly to electric cars fueled by solar panels and wind."
Or bicycles of course.
Comment on piece (don't know how accurate). "Most Americans drive 5 miles a day. "
To visit Mom? To the office? Anywhere that you could reasonably cycle?