Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover story was an article by Thomas Friedman called The Power of Green. In it, Friedman went through the same arguments I heard him give a couple of years ago at Stanford. Friedman’s field is foreign relations, and that is how he addresses environmentalism. Want to solve America’s problems in the Middle East? Reduce our dependence on the oil that funds fundamentalist Islam. Want to save the world from climate change? Find a way to make alternative technologies cheap enough so that not only western countries can afford them, but so can China. Globalism and environmentalism are intertwined. But ultimately, how will this happen? Without a carbon tax to saddle coal and oil with its appropriate environmental cost, coal and oil will likely remain too cheap to give other technologies a fair chance. Overall, its a great article and is well worth a read.
On a related note, Friedman will be hosting a documentary on Discovery Channel on Saturday at 9pm called Green: The New, Red, White and Blue. And Sundance Channel and Robert Redford are premiering their new show, The Green tonight at 9pm, and the first episode examines fuel.
Posted by Dahlia T.