Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Post-Oil Economy? Whaaa?

Maybe most Americans aren't willing to look ahead into the future, but you can be thankful that somebody is doing it for you!
An interesting and troubling piece in the Washingtonian today about one of those recently-nabbed Russian spies, who passed as a corporate consultant. The Russian who went by the alias "Donald Heathfield" wanted to know how US companies were preparing for a post-oil economy. "He wasn't terribly curious about domestic political issues," a source says. "Not 'What does this bill include?' or 'What's in these energy regulations?' But potentially 'Where in five years will a company be looking to get funding for clean and green energy?'

3 comments:

Laci the Chinese Crested said...

Amusing that the Russians, and just about everybody else is thinking about the post-oil economy, but the US is busy thinking the oil will never stop. The scary thing is that the oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico and causing havoc on the environment. Still, the Americans won't think about being more environmentally aware.

Laci the Chinese Crested said...

I forgot the line from Doctor Strangelove, but reading that blog post reminded me of it:
"Our sources are impeccible, the New York Times".

mud_rake said...

I have never accused the American electorate of being prescient. We, like the Dutch boy, operate best a plugging holes in dikes, but never figuring out what caused them.

I suppose that comes from never having a war played our on the home turf. We are invincible and if you don't believe it, we'll bomb you!