If the world lessens its dependence on oil, the Saudi's are asking for international assistance, as it would severely harm their economic prospects.
“We are among the economically vulnerable countries,” Al Sabban told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the talks ahead of negotiations in Copenhagen in December for a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
“This is very serious for us,” he continued. “We are in the process of diversifying our economy but this will take a long time. We don't have too many resources.”
Hmmm. I do feel for them, but before any monetary aid is dispensed, would it be rude to ask that they have a garage sale for certain "toys" that the oil money has provided them?
-->> Like, the $130million Lawrence of Arabia Airbus 380, complete with "curtains to mimic tents of the Arabian desert and a fibre-optic mosaic that will depict a shifting desert scene."
-->> Or maybe sell the $135 million "ski cabin" in Aspen. Rustic!
-->> Sell Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz's 456 foot yacht?
Maybe I'm being a bit too harsh. I would however, laugh in the face if Prince Jeffrey of Brunei asked for assistance. I'd first demand he sell his enormous yacht that he classily named "Tits," along with the two smaller boats he owns named Nipple 1 and Nipple 2.