Leah Barkoukis

Thanks to fracking, the production of oil and natural gas in the United States is dramatically increasing—and Saudi Arabia isn’t happy about it.

In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal said that new shale oil discoveries “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world,” reports CNS News. “It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two percent of Saudi Arabia’s annual budget comes from oil. Definitely it is a worry and a concern.”

Prince Alwaleed has been warning about the threat posed by fracking shale in places such as the United States and Russia for some time. Back in May 2013, in an open letter to the Saudi oil minister, Ali al Naimi, as translated from Arabic by the Wall Street Journal, Prince Alwaleed said, “With all due respect to your Highness’ viewpoint about shale gas and that it poses no danger on Saudi economy at ‘the present time,’ I was hoping that your Highness would also shed light and focus on the danger of this matter in the ‘not-so-distant future,’ especially that America and some Asian countries made big discoveries in shale gas extraction which will affect the oil industry around the world in general and Saudi Arabia in particular.”

"It is necessary to diversify sources of revenue, establish a clear vision for that and start implementing it immediately,” said the prince, who added, “we see that raising North American shale gas production is an inevitable threat.”

The fracking boom, which has cut the need for foreign oil, is pushing America toward energy independence. By 2015, the International Energy Agency predicts the boom will make America the largest oil producer in the world.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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