Buck Rogers: If only OPEC could see me now.
Buck is referring to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, formed in 1960 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1973, OPEC placed an oil embargo on the United States and Western Europe forcing a dramatic rise in oil and gas prices. In 1979, the year this episode aired, the Shah of Iran, one of the U.S.'s best allies in the Middle East was overthrown by opposition forces. Widespread panic caused oil and gas prices to skyrocket again. OPEC member nations increased output to make up for the loss caused by the instability in Iran and posted record profits.