Sunday, April 15, 2007

Thomas Friedman Expresses Conviction that the World's Future Must Be Green

In a cover article in today’s New York Times Magazine, Thomas Friedman states we are in the “pre-climate war era” and pleads eloquently for a more carbon-free world. I recommend reading the whole article. Here are a few meaningful excerpts:

“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. “

“Because a new green ideology, properly defined, has the power to mobilize liberals and conservatives, evangelicals and atheists, big business and environmentalists around an agenda that can both pull us together and propel us forward. That’s why I say: We don’t just need the first black president. We need the first green president. We don’t just need the first woman president. We need the first environmental president. We don’t just need a president who had been toughened by years as a prisoner of war but a president who is tough enough to level with the American people about the profound economic, geopolitical and climate threats posted by our addiction to oil – and to offer a real plan to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.”

“Am I optimistic? I want to be. But I am also old-fashioned. I don’t believe the world will effectively address the climate-energy challenge without America, its president, its government, its industry, its markets and its people all leading the parade. Green has to become part of America’s DNA.”

Go Friedman!