Thomas Friedman of the New York Times alternately edifies, mystifes, and terrifies me with his books and columns. It is genuinely difficult to predict his position on any number of global issues. Now I know why: I didn't have him in the right category.
The right category is Geo-Green. He says so himself, and it's certainly an interesting proposition. What he stands for is a reduction in the price of oil ... as a way of moving toward renewable energy and saving the world. He says the Europeans could be geo-greens, if they weren't so wimpy.
Okay, I'm exaggerating with the "saving the world" bit. But I didn't make this up. Here's the logic:
... I am a geo-green. The geo-greens believe that, going forward, if we put all our focus on reducing the price of oil - by conservation, by developing renewable and alternative energies and by expanding nuclear power - we will force more reform than by any other strategy. You give me $18-a-barrel oil and I will give you political and economic reform from Algeria to Iran.
How will that work, do you reckon?
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