Gore, Saudi Arabia: Metaphors, Metaphors, Metaphors

So the former Vice President favors the “X is the Saudi Arabia of Y” metaphor, does he? “China is the Saudi Arabia of manufacturing,” says he. He’s wrong, of course, but at least he came up with a clever phrase to make his point.

No? You mean you’ve seen that construction before? Well, sure, there’s…

The United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal. (Lots of coal, good energy source. Yay!)

And ….

The Great Plains is the Saudi Arabia of wind energy. (The endless blowing gets awfully tiring, though. We speak from experience. And no, that’s not a reference to Gore’s speeches.)

Plus ….

Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of corn. (And hogs, and soy beans, and writers’ workshops, but mostly corn.)

What else?

California is the Saudi Arabia of solar power. (Star power, you know.)

And in the Rockies ….

The Council, ID, school district is the Saudi Arabia of wood. (Get chopping.)

Even though ….

Minnesota is the Saudi Arabia of renewable fuels. And, the Saudi Arabia of peat. (Not to get bogged down in the subject.)

Although …

North Carolina is the Saudi Arabia of biomass. (Giving Minnesota a run for its peat money.)

Ah, sweet, sweet biomass…

Brazil is the Saudi Arabia of orange juice. (A day without orange juice is a day without Saudi Arabia.)

From all of which we conclude ….

Al Gore is the Saudi Arabia of tired clichés.

But we knew that.