Thomas Friedman Wraps Himself in Flag and Calls it Green
He says in the New York Times:
I want to rename "green." I want to rename it geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. I want to do that because I think that living, working, designing, manufacturing and projecting America in a green way can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century. A redefined, broader and more muscular green ideology is not meant to trump the traditional Republican and Democratic agendas but rather to bridge them when it comes to addressing the three major issues facing every American today: jobs, temperature and terrorism.and that all our problems can be solved if we are weaned off fossil fuels, although we suspect Terrror-free Oil would be OK. We just have to do seven simple things:
"Replace 1,400 large coal-fired plants with gas-fired plants; increase the fuel economy of two billion cars from 30 to 60 miles per gallon; add twice today's nuclear output to displace coal; drive two billion cars on ethanol, using one-sixth of the world's cropland; increase solar power 700-fold to displace coal; cut electricity use in homes, offices and stores by 25 percent; install carbon capture and sequestration capacity at 800 large coal-fired plants."
We wonder where the gas will come from, or what he thinks will happen to food prices if one sixth of the world is covered in corn for ethanol, or who has figured out sequestration on that scale. In fact we wonder sometimes if he is talking about the same planet when he says mainstreet America has gone green, However we agree with his conclusion, that we need a Green New Deal, (our own John Laumer nailed this earlier here) that we need action from our governments, that
Unless we create a more carbon-free world, we will not preserve the free world. Intensifying climate change, energy wars and petroauthoritarianism will curtail our life choices and our children's opportunities.
Wide-eyed stuff and a bit too much flag-wrapping, but worth reading at ::New York Times
James Howard Kunstler certainly didn't think much of it. NSFW review here