for Foreign Policy
The practical, legal, and moral hurdles involved in Trump's promise to "take the oil" then and now make his campaign promise laughable.
U.S. President Barack Obama travels to Saudi Arabia this week, where he will navigate a damaged relationship with an ally while trying to reorient American priorities in the region.
With international events happening at a quick pace and relationships with allies and enemies in flux, the next president will have a long list of foreign policy challenges, with major oil-producing countries as top concerns.
Even as the Obama Doctrine has sought to distance the United States from the Middle East, the gravitational pull of the region's energy resources will keep us mired there for the foreseeable future.
On the project's seventh anniversary, the founder of the Pickens Plan explains the urgency of moving American transportation off of oil for good.
McLarty discusses the central role of energy in domestic and foreign policy, and explores the American love affair with SUVs.