The attacks in Paris are a reminder that, 82 years after Texas aligned America with the Saudis’ Arabia, trading technology for oil, things are getting no better.
It’s a chain of mutual dependence. They have oil. We need oil. They sell oil to buy guns. We make guns to buy oil.
It no longer has to be this way.
In just the last five years, the cost of renewables has become cost-competitive with that of grid energy. Warren Buffett buys solar power plants to assure Berkshire-Hathaway with regular electricity supplies.
At peak times Texas gets 30% of its electricity from wind. Once, due to the peculiarities of its regulatory system, wind suppliers were actually paying customers to take that electricity, it was so plentiful.