Friday, December 01, 2006

Friedman: keeping heat on Bush until last day of his Presidency

With a sermon-like panache, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman garnered a standing ovation from about 450 renewable energy faithful at the ACORE policy conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, Nov. 30 after laying out some cold observations about global warming as THE "political issue of our time." He said he would press President Bush on his energy policy until the last day of his term in January.

If the faithful think biofuels will play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, people should think again. Friedman claimed the green movement in the EU sees the biofuels and related industries as the next great threat to biodiversity. He predicted that a widespread boycott looms there and that it would eventually jump to the U.S.

Friedman cautioned that Chinese multinationals are not operating under any real environmental scrutiny and with each passing week they are leaving more of a damaging footprint that will a long time to deal with if more sustainable actions are not put in place very soon. He also stepped his campaign about our dependence on insecure sources of oil and natural gas saying we're funding BOTH sides of the war in Iraq: with our taxes for U.S. military expenditures and our energy purchases for the petro-authoritarians.

FYI: Friedman's newest, favorite bumper sticker: 'Green: the new Red, White & Blue', or something along those lines. It's supposed to be available at altho a quick check of that site showed no evidence of that early Dec. 1.

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At 12/22/2006 3:50 PM, Anonymous Alessandro Machi said...

I have started a website to identify all the lies told by the oil companies during the Proposition 87 oil tax initiative that recently lost in California.

My goal is a complete and total refund of the all the money that was donated to the yes on 87 proposition.

Since the voting on this very important oil tax initiative was manipulated via lies, the money that was contributed to the yes side should be refunded, courtesy of the oil companies.


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