The Vox article deals with OPEC's reaction to fracking in the west, but in the short term, this is doing great damage to the ruble. (Watch RT--the Putin-backed media hates them some fracking, too. ) Oil is all Putin has. But one neat thing is--anybody who is somebody under the sky might try solar--and here's Dubai.
Firmly fixed in the oil-rich middle east, Dubai is doing renewables because renewables are: renewable. The Middle East as a whole seems actually bullish on solar, and why wouldn't they be?
I say the soonest we try alternatives to fossil fuels, the better.