Liberia, founded as a home for freed American slaves, is best known for devastating civil wars and brutally cruel dictators. It now has a new problem on its hands: oil. Nearby Nigeria and Ghana already enjoy the proceeds of the Cretaceous Trend, the 1,000 kilometer-long, oil-rich geological feature off the coast of west Africa. To put it nicely, Nigeria struggles to use its oil riches in ways that benefit its people. Will Liberia be any different? Almost certainly not, but we shall soon see — Chevron begins exploration off the coast later this year. Expect more new BMWs than health clinics in Liberia as the money flows in — but we can hope.