Case of a buy out to keep the lid on already existing energy efficient technologies? or a legitimate reason for R&D for energy industry by the Saudis?
It could also be a way to tap into the inner workings/dealings of the US oil industry.
Two wealthy new Saudi research institutions focused on the kingdom's energy future are on a hiring spree in the United States, luring away the
president of Cal Tech and signing up advisors that include two influential energy market analysts, the CEO of one of Washington's biggest think tanks
and even MIT professor Ernest Moniz, President Obama's nominee for Energy Secretary....
Persian Gulf oil interests for the first time face declining demand for their product as the United States looks toward producing much more oil and
natural gas, and continues to develop wind, solar and other renewables. The royal family has ramped spending to develop energy from water and the sun
and ways to lengthen the life of Saudi oil resources. In a major coup for the Saudis last week, Caltech president Jean-Lou Chameau announced will
resign to go lead a second new Saudi university, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, known as KAUST.