>>Hot, Flat and Crowded
September 8, 2008, 8:34 pm
Filed under: Policy

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman did a Fresh Air interview today to plug his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded. Friedman fulminated about the wrong-headedness of senators who voted against renewable energy incentives, thus sending jobs from their own states abroad. Their motivation, he says, can only be that they’ve taken generous contributions from oil and coal businesses, or that they refuse to hand Democrats a victory on this issue, even if that victory would be best for the country.

Friedman argues that by supporting the high price of oil, America’s oil addiction contributes to the strength of Hezbollah, Al Qaida and Iran — and of a resurgent Russia, which derives its financial strength from its oil wealth. He argues that high oil prices support oligarchs and undermine democracies.

Worth a listen.


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