America is ready to start another oil war. As if the trillions upon trillions of dollars already spent to “liberate” Kuwait and bring democracy to Iraq weren’t enough, the United States is now prepared to punish Iran for allegedly supplying the drones used in an attack. missiles against installations. Saudi Arabia.
Before, only governments had air forces, but drones democratized the violence of the sky. The Houthis, with Iran’s help and guidance, have perfected it to a level that no one else has.
Bernard Hudson, former CIA Counterterrorism Director.
No one yet knows what really happened, where the drones came from or who was controlling them, but global oil prices have skyrocketed. Rising energy prices could be a hindrance to a global economy that is already showing signs of slowing.
Imagine a world in which every country is able to meet its energy needs internally, using only abundant solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric or tidal power. Think how global politics would change if Europe didn’t have to depend on Russia for natural gas to heat its homes in the winter.
What if the United States didn’t have to violate its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks to boast of being the world’s largest energy exporter? What if we didn’t have to play ball with totalitarian governments?
Political leaders lament the high cost, they say, of the renewable transition. It can cost trillions, they cry. However, the Costs of War Project According to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, the United States has already spent more than $ 5.6 trillion on military operations after 9/11. In addition, since 2001, the US military has added 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. It is more than many nations.
All of this money and all of these shows do not take into account the human cost of the servicemen who have been killed or injured in these wars, nor the burden placed on the millions of civilians who have been displaced because of them.
The transition to renewable energies goes beyond reducing carbon emissions. It is about dismantling the current geopolitical constructions which support the idea that access to oil must be maintained at all costs.
Oil significantly distorts international relations. Access to oil was one of the main factors that led Japan to invade its neighbors before World War II. It is one of the main causes of European adventures in the Middle East. This is what prompted Iraq to invade Kuwait and the United States to invade Iraq.
Renewable energies can rebalance the economic fabric of the world. Nations would no longer see the natural resources of their neighbors and would conspire to capture them themselves. Despots would no longer rule their countries as strongholds backed by staggering oil fortunes.
Renewable energies can not only reduce carbon emissions, but also eliminate one of the main causes of conflict between nations. How do you assign a price to that?