Thursday, August 14, 2008

Georgia and Energy

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the situation in Georgia is another example of the dangers of the oil economy. Russia's military resurgence is fueled by oil and gas. Europe's reticence in talking back to Russia is partially due to their dependence upon Russia for their fuel.

When we look at the total cost of the oil economy, we have to take into account the national security implications of continuing down the same path.

To the extent that we can convert energy use to wind, solar, geothermal, and fission, we will be increasing our ability to withstand pressure from major oil producing states, including Russia. Given the long-term economic and national security benefits of setting up this infrastructure, it makes sense to make energy conversion into a national priority.