Has world development failed? This is a big question for a small chapter. I write this chapter as I sit in the US and therefore currently have a US perspective. It is the day after the State of the Union speech by the President; I cannot write his name, I am so appalled at what he and his band have done in the past few years. It seems only blindingly obvious truths are uttered by the leader of the US, long after their sell-by date. In his speech, he finally proffered the need for the US to reduce its oil dependence on volatile states!