I can understand his concerns for his country, the USA about intensified competition for natural resources as countries like China, India have rapid economic development, however the concerns are misplaced, America has a great ideological tradition in allowing the market to do its job. The market operates in every society, the past ideological debates is how free the market should be. Wherever there is exchange of goods and services the market is operating, be it in Stalinist Soviet Union or in probably the most free market
When prices rise, it is a signal that there is a shortage compared to before the prices rose.
The political and military route of securing risk has risks, less riskier is the economic route, allow the market to signal and appropriate action is taken. Rising prices means a shortage, measures needed to be taken to counter this shortage. Energy costs are rising, President Bush was right to announce a US$1.2 billion hydrogen energy initiative, Bush's Hydrogen Initiative. There is hydrogen everywhere, and we know how to take it out of the water, three quarters of the earth is covered by water. However this support from Bush was merely placing hydrogen in the mainstream arena, research into alternative energy has long being taking place even by the large oil corporations, one can say especially by the large oil corporations in
Rising prices of resources has meant auto manufactures have used available knowledge to create for example hybrid vehicles, with little loss of power but increased efficiency.
Take for example fiber optics replacing copper, who would have thought of this thirty years ago. The market has an answer, people will research and find ways of doing things better because of the rising prices of natural resources. Look around, lighter and stronger materials have been invented by man meaning we need less of them to create a unit of a product, though of course we are creating more units.
America is a society that is innovative enough to survive the competition of resources, as long as America continues to respect knowledge there will be no problem for the American society, with the respect of knowledge there will be no problem for earthlings as a whole, there is enough resources for everybody, knowledge being the primarily resource. To be alive means to explore knowledge, a society that has no respect for knowledge is already dead and probably having shortages of everything imaginable, look at