Raymond J. Learsy, author of Over a Barrel,is an idiot. How he managed to write a book will always be a mystery to me. Every time I read one of his screeds over at Huffington Post, I feel dumber afterward. Today’s is no exception:
Learsy is upset because Saudi won’t provide the U.S. oil at the price we like. He accuses them of therefore waging aggression against the U.S. I posted a comment following his essay, but they usually don’t post my comments. But what I said was to consider if the roles were reversed. Let’s say Saudi loves American timber. They love it so much that they buy it as fast as we can cut our trees down. But demand just keeps climbing, and we decide it isn’t a good idea to cut our trees down in an unsustainable fashion just so Saudi can have American timber at the price they like. In Learsy’s world, however, America would have the obligation to continue depleting our resources because Saudi can’t control their timber lust. To deny the Saudis their cheap American timber would be to wage aggression against them.
Can you imagine the idiocy of this position? We can’t control our demand, but we expect our supplier to hold prices down on our behalf. This is what we get for having an incoherent energy policy. The U.S., and the world for that matter, can’t rely on Saudi to deplete their resources at a speed that suits us. Those resources are non-renewable. Saudi has to manage them for future generations. If that means it costs more to fuel our SUVs, cry me a freaking river. That’s our problem.
Hey, here’s an idea. Let’s find some political leaders with the guts to implement policies that reduce our demand, and we won’t have to worry about what Saudi is doing with their oil.