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Friday, January 06, 2006 10:38 AM
Right on, Tom!
Anita Sharpe on Environment & Sustainability

If you're a Thomas Friedman fan, today's column is a classic. (I believe you still have to pay for online access, but it's worth dropping a buck for the hard-copy edition.) Meanwhile, some highlights:

'The biggest threat to America and its values today is not communism, authoritarianism or Islamism. It's petrolism. Petrolism is my term for the corrupting, antidemocratic governing practices -- in oil states from Russia to Nigeria and Iran -- that result from a long run of $60-a-barrel oil. . .
In petrolist states like Russia, Iran, Venezuela and Sudan, people get rich by being in government and sucking the treasury dry -- so they never want to cede power. In non-petrolist states, like Taiwan, Singapore and Korea, people get rich by staying outside government and building real businesses. . .
No matter what happens in Iraq, we cannot dry up the swamps of authoritarianism and violent Islamism in the Middle East without also drying up our consumption of oil -- thereby bringing down the price of crude. A democratization policy in the Middle East without a different energy policy at home is a waste of time, money, and, most important, the lives of our young people. . .
Enough of this Bush-Cheney nonsense that conservation, energy efficiency and environmentalism are some hobby we can't afford. I can't think of anything more cowardly or un-American. Real patriots, real advocates of spreading democracy around the world, live green.
Green is the new red, white and blue.



Kent - 1/9/2006 5:22:50 PM
In response to Dennis, Friedman's column mentioned two practical solutions to the energy problem: conservation and energy efficiency. There are other solutions worth considering as well, but don't dismiss these just because you don't like somebody's politics.
Dennis S. - 1/9/2006 3:39:10 PM
Rather than using your column as a platform to trash the Bush administration (an easy target for those who don't let the truth get in the way of a good rant), how about coming up with some real-life, practical solutions to the energy problem.
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 1/6/2006 4:20:57 PM
Or better yet, take your bike and forget buying a hybrid...It has always been my humble opinion that the car is the bane of modern society. We have wrecked the environment with the production of oil, the reduction of green space, the greenhouse gas emmissions, the inactivity caused by driving instead of walking, the loss of urban and suburban connections with each other cause everybody stays in and drives everywhere, the loss of local mom and pop shops and the growth of big box shopping centres..again cause we will drive to wherever we need to go....I could go on....But I'll stop. Will anything change? I don't know and I'm not holding my breath...except when I walk through yet another polluted parking lot full of idling cars.
Living la vida fearless, Jan
Mark Sicignano - 1/6/2006 2:14:27 PM
I guess I'd better run out right now and get a hybrid car so that I'm not seen as un-American or unpatriotic.


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