If I could have one wish fulfilled right now, it would be for someone to get fusion electricity production operational. Cheap electricity would, in a decade or two, make oil irrelevant. The Arab nations would go back to being Bedouins–and we could turn that part of the world into a giant nature preserve, as a reminder of what happens when you get stuck in the twelfth century, and refuse to move forward.
Middle Eastern Oil Dependence
February 01, 2006
[Not entirely true but probably close enough for Mideast politics. Oil is used for lots of things besides energy. Lubricants, solvents, and plastics are just the start of a very long list.–Joe]