Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The Pro-American Ahmadinejad?

There has been much debate lately about high oil prices. Some say they are fully justified simply because of the forces of supply and demand. Others say they are in a bubble. Well, I came across a rather bizarre story on Bloomberg.com. It appears that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran believes in the bubble theory. He says there is plenty of oil available and the price rise is unjustified. He blames it on efforts by some to weaken the U.S. dollar. He also called for greater use of nuclear energy, which he called "clean and cheap."

Ahmadinejad suddenly sounds like an American. In defending the U.S. dollar, he is doing a better job than our own Treasury Secretary. And by urging greater use of nuclear energy, he is encouraging us to stop relying on OPEC. Ahmadinejad is not particularly popular in Iran. Perhaps he has aspirations for a political career in America? You can read the Bloomberg story by clicking here.