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  • Tom Friedman: Eco-Communist Wannabe

    When news broke that self-proclaimed communist and former Obama adminstration Green Jobs Czar Van Jones signed a 9/11 truther petition in 2004, we wrote:

    Green Jobs Czar is the perfect job for a 9/11 truther. Just as Popular Mechanics has debunked all of the crazy 9/11 truther claims, research both here in the U.S., and abroad, has repeatedly demonstrated that subsidizing high cost renewable energies destroys more jobs than it creates.

    Then, this weekend on Meet the Press, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman defended Jones, calling the internet “an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information.” Turns out Friedman is no stranger to Jones’ views. Friedman wrote a puff piece on Jones’ Green-Collar Solution in October of 2007. Today, Friedman again cements the bonds between socialism and the enviro-leftist movement, writing in his column:

    One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.

    No, Mr. Friedman, one-party autocracies do not deal with ‘exploding populations’ with clean power and energy efficiency. One-party autocracies deal with that with forced sterilizations, one-child policies and female infanticides.

    NRO’s Jonah Goldberg replies:

    I cannot begin to tell you how this is exactly the argument that was made by American fans of Mussolini in the 1920s. It is exactly the argument that was made in defense of Stalin and Lenin before him (it’s the argument that idiotic, dictator-envying leftists make in defense of Castro and Chavez today). It was the argument made by George Bernard Shaw who yearned for a strong progressive autocracy under a Mussolini, a Hitler or a Stalin (he wasn’t picky in this regard). This is the argument for an “economic dictatorship” pushed by Stuart Chase and the New Dealers. It’s the dream of Herbert Croly and a great many of the Progressives.

    Later Goldberg writes:

    I simply do not believe Tom Friedman et al when they say that China is beating us on the environment. No totalitarian regime has ever been a better steward of the environment than an advanced industrialized democratic regime. I have a hard time believing the Chinese are an exception to that rule.

    Heritage research fellow Derek Scissors shot down just such China reporting from the New York Times earlier this year:

    In raw terms, China does genuinely invest a great deal of money in “green energy.” That’s because, in raw terms, the PRC invests a great deal of money in everything, including industries which heavily pollute.

    The PRC is definitely working to clean up its coal production. In this it has advantages over the US in that Chinese President Hu Jintao hasn’t publicly bashed his country’s coal industry and Chinese environmentalists don’t loudly oppose cleaner coal.

    The PRC’s chief goal is to reduce conventional sulfur pollution from coal — which it has suffered terribly from — not to cut into greenhouse gases. The US addressed the issue of sulfur emissions nearly two decades ago with the creation of the Acid Rain program.

    Despite lavish spending, China has struggled to follow suit. Environmental improvements are often not utilized fully, as with renewable energy projects never connected to the national grid. On coal, while new plants are being built, old, dirtier plants are not being closed. Reliance on coal is increasing: on official statistics, the proportion of energy generated by coal fell for the first twenty years of reform but has risen this decade as economic growth outstrips the country’s ability to use other forms of energy.


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    17 Responses to Tom Friedman: Eco-Communist Wannabe

    1. Anonymous, roanoke V says:

      Heritage, the "submit" link is 404'd, I'd like to send something in but I can't right now because of that.

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    3. Jinny Brow, Springfi says:

      I have taught university-level ESL for 20 years. Almost every mainland Chinese student I've ever taught – hundreds of students – have mentioned the clean air here in the US and how much they love living here because of it. Please note that the location of these students is in an urban area: the metro Washington, DC area is not known by Americans as having clean air! But in comparison to what these Chinese students are used to, it's pristine.

    4. Brad Raffensperger, says:

      Tom Friedman is an economist. His opinion on the environment is no more valid than yours or mine.

    5. TJS, Leesburg, FL says:

      Friedman should go back to writing about the wonderful effects of globalization. The story of enormous human progress, and its rapid acceleration since the fall of communism, is the greatest success story in human history. Unfortunately, all leftists are now dedicated to global warming theory, which is as stupid and wrong as was communism. Leftists seemingly never miss an opportunity to get on the wrong side of history.

    6. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      Tom Friedman works for The New York Times. Nothing else has to be said!

    7. Tom Iowa says:

      How happy would Mr. Friedman be when the one party autocracy takes away his right to free speech and shuts his dumb a** down. HMMM!!!

    8. Tim Az says:

      An economist is probably the most reliable source of imformation left. Scientists have learned that government grants are easy to get if the scientist generates a study that satisfies the needs of a government who's goal is to enslave its populace through eco-socialism. These studies need not have any basis reality making them easier to produce. While some of the population may not understand the true intent of the watermelon green movement to generate compliance through unfounded fear. The peope do understand fully how they would be effected by the pillaging the eco-socialists would visit upon them to implement their enviro-socialist policies. This is exactly what fears Brad the most.

    9. Ross writes, Brade says:

      I would encourage Tom Friedman to go to the PRC incognito and enjoy this workers paradise. Then return after about five years(if he can) and report back to American people the reality of his dream world of a one party government. Enjoy!

    10. okiejim says:

      One good thing about the Obama administration is that all the left wing kooks are slowly coming out of the woodwork. Soon, we should have them all identified.

    11. Harry K, WI says:

      I work with an engineer who now lives in our country. Tom Friedman should try to talk to her about going back to that land of opportunity he paints. I wonder why she loves America and tells me it is the Greatest Country in the World? She doesn't have to worry about going back to China, she is married to an American. There is no incentive system in place in China. Imagine if that was changed in China.

    12. duelles says:

      Mr. Friedman should ask all the dead coal miners in China, how well the preservers of the the new environmental religious movement protect them. One accident in China is worth two decades worth in the U.S.

    13. Greg, Vail, AZ says:

      Mr. Friedman is like all of those of his ilk. He knows alot about his chosen profession, but little or nothing about the real world outside of it. He needs to get down from his ivory tower and see how the real world works. It is nothing like what he seems to think.

    14. flyer58, CA says:

      Having visited & experienced PR China firsthand and read 3 of Mr. Friedman's books, I feel compelled to say that Mr. Friedman must've seen (if at all) a different China than I experienced. The air there is among the foulest on the planet. I've lived in LA during smog alerts that were bad, but Beijing makes the LA area's smog look amateurish. PR China put little/no value on worker safety, consumer protections (melamine in dog food & baby formula), and clean air/water. Given all that, I completely understand why emigres from the PRC think wse have something good, no – make that great – here in the US. Mr. Friedman needs to re-examine his opinions about green-ness and the likelihood of finding it inChina vs. the US.

    15. Jason says:

      What an ignoramus. Can you believe these people are running our country?… Amazing.

      'Green jobs' is nothing more than a front to implement a totalitarian rule. Wake up America.


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    17. Obamao says:

      Yah, like, we could have like, rainbows, and puppy dogs, and oh yes, once they achieve their agenda, they'll murder the "useful idiots" that

      helped them get to power. Of course, they won't stop there. Lets see, how many people did V. Lenin's Cheka police murder? Hmmm…it was 2 million people.

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