I find the debate about Canadian arms companies selling weapons and vehicles to Saudi Arabia a little perplexing. The media coverage seems to turn on the question of whether the arms and equipment are being used to oppress the civilian population of Saudi Arabia. I find this perplexing because there seems to be ample evidence that oppression at home and abroad is the main business of the Saudi government, and that anybody selling them anything should expect it to be used that way.
On one hand, it’s appealing that moving to non-fossil fuel sources of energy could undermine countries like Saudi Arabia. On the other, it’s frightening to think what would happen to the region in a future where nobody wants or is willing to use their oil.
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Saudi Arabia and the political economy of oil
Disgusting situation in Saudi Arabia
Climate change, Alberta politics, and hydrocarbon producers unwilling to act
Domestic consumption and oil exports
An insurmountable rate of oilfield depletion?
Oil prices below break-even
Rentier states and costly petrochemical investments
Subsidized oil in producing states
Oil producers and game theory
Oil’s next century
Monbiot to King Abdaullah