Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Fuzzy thinking: Thomas Friedman

In an interview with Tom Brokaw last Sunday, Thomas Friedman of the NY Times said lots of freaky stuff. One such statement follows:
"...they're (GOP'ers at the RNC) saying, "drill, drill, drill." And you know, for me, yes, we do need to exploit our domestic resource. I'm actually not against drilling. What I'm against is making that the center of our focus, because we are on the eve of a new revolution, the energy technology revolution. It would be, Tom, as if on the eve of the IT revolution, the revolution of PCs and the Internet, someone was up there standing and demanding, "IBM Selectric typewriters, IBM Selectric typewriters." That's what drill, drill, drill, is the equivalent of today."

People WOULD have been chanting for IBM Selectric typwriters IF their way of life depended on having a dependable source of IBM Selectric typewriters and the government was threatening to block the manufacture of them. That's exactly what we have in our lives today as it pertains to petroleum for manufacturing fuels, lubricants, and chemicals for millions of products.

As better alternatives to petroleum become economically viable, the technologies to provide such will be there, thanks to private industry. But only if the government will stay out of the damn way.

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