Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dear Tom Friedman:

You are so smart and clever, but in the middle of your constant quest to condense important and complicated topics into catchphrases you might have missed something. You write:
They believe the world is going to face a mass plague, like the Black Death, that will wipe out 2.5 billion people sometime between now and 2050. They believe it is much better for America that the world be dependent on oil for energy — a commodity largely controlled by countries that hate us and can only go up in price as demand increases — rather than on clean power technologies that are controlled by us and only go down in price as demand increases. And, finally, they believe that people in the developing world are very happy being poor — just give them a little running water and electricity and they’ll be fine. They’ll never want to live like us.

Yes, the opponents of any tax on carbon to stimulate alternatives to oil must believe all these things because that is the only way their arguments make any sense.

Apparently, the idea that it might be better to be richer to make it easier to mitigate the consequences of global warming than to make policy decisions that would make us poorer and might not even be effective in fighting the actual warming completely slipped passed you. I'm on your side, but you might want to think about things more before you call people crazy.


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