Oil's Well That Ends Well

December 23, 2001

In 1945 Franklin Roosevelt worked out a deal with the king of Saudi Arabia. America got unlimited access to Saudi Oil, and in return, the U.S. protected the Royal Family against its enemies. Now that special relationship is under fire. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, the politics of oil and the energy of the future.

  1. Michael Klare on "Resource Wars"

    International security expert Michael Klare tells Jim Fleming that the war in Afghanistan has its roots in Saudi Arabian oil. He says the U.S. is pledged to support the Saudi royal family, and that they must begin to democratize the country.

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  2. Ken Wiwa on His Father and Nigeria

    Journalist Ken Wiwa tells Steve Paulson about his father's protest against the influence of oil money in Nigeria, and what it was like to grow up in his dominating presence.

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  3. Ken Deffeyes and Bjorn Lomborg on the World's Oil

    We present two takes on the question of whether or not the world's supply of oil is drying up. Princeton's Ken Deffeyes says production has peaked. Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg says that's just crying wolf.

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  4. Daniel Kammen on Alternative Energy

    Daniel Kammen, director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at the University of California/Berkeley tells Anne Strainchamps about some wild energy alternatives that actually work.

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