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Tom Friedman Argues for New Energy Revolution

Original post made by Left of Boom, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Sep 9, 2008

Thomas Friedman argues for a new clean energy revolution while discussing his new book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded." He argues that America needs to reduce its oil dependency and stop funding the petro-dictatorships and radical Islamists. He really can't understand why the Republicans refuse to extend the tax credits for solar and wind energy and McCain refuses to vote on the measure even though he claims he supports alternative energy.

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Posted by Oh Please
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 9, 2008 at 8:45 am

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Posted by Pat
a resident of Meadow Park
on Sep 9, 2008 at 8:57 am

Tom Friedman also lives in a 11,000 square foot house on several heavily landscaped acres and flies over a million miles a year. His carbon footprint is probably in the top .0001%. What business does he have lecturing anyone about anything to do with energy?

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Posted by BRING IT ON
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 9, 2008 at 9:00 am

Here's Friedman on Charley Rose justifying the Iraq War:

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"And what [Iraqis] needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um, and basically saying:

'Which part of this sentence don't you understand? You don't think, you know, we care about our open society? You think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna let this grow? Well suck on this'

That, Charley, was what this war was about. We could have hit Saudi Arabia, that was part of this bubble. We could have hit Pakistan. WE HIT IRAQ BECAUSE WE COULD. That's the real truth."

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Tom Friedman is a nervous nelly momma's boy. He can't help it, he was born with that spoon in his mouth. He was all for the Iraq war, before he held his finger up in the air, and decided that he was against it, kinda. He has a huge carbon footprint, and lives an extravagant lifelstyle, while he demands that the rest of us dream of less. He is like Teddy Kennedy and Al Gore.

Ignore him.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 10, 2008 at 8:40 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

I don't know why my comment and name were both tossed down the memory hole. Friedman failed to acknowledge that the "Energy Crisis" is an artifact of decades of progressive laws. Tax credits are an admission that wind and solar are not competitive in a free market even when conventional energy is burdened by oppressive and usually indefensible limitations.

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