In the September/October
issue of Foreign Policy, Moisés Naím asks if there's any way oil-rich
countries can avoid the resource curse. Ghana, the newest member of the
oil-producing club, has a good shot. Maybe.
Going green has finally gone mainstream, and politicians from London to
Seoul are spending billions on clean technologies they say will create
jobs. But unless we are all willing to risk a little more pain, the
green revolution could founder before it ever really starts.
It protects wealthy autocrats, poisons the environment, and fuels
international conflicts. Yet it won't be the false threat of scarcity
or the rise of an Asian energy axis that convinces the world to finally
kick the oil habit. An auto revolution courtesy of Silicon Valley and
Shanghai may deliver an end to the defining addiction of our age.
High oil prices have everyone talking about energy independence again.
But a look at the numbers reveals the vaunted goal is an illusion. And
conservation isn't the answer, either. The sooner we realize it, the
sooner we can talk about real solutions to the energy crisis.