After beating the drums of war for Bush’s invasion of Iraq, disgraced NYT columnist and Bill O’Reilly/Fox News wannabe Tom Friedman has of late been trying to claw back some respect from the reality-based community. His latest vehicle of choice has been environmentalism, where he actually has made some sense of late — a first for him in about five years, by my reckoning. In any event, here is his suggested program, complete with nuclear power advocacy (don’t blink: he slipped it in in the middle).
Get Washington to signal that gasoline is never going to retreat from a level of $3.50 or $4 a gallon ? and that wind and solar subsidies will be there for a decade, not stop and start as they always have before; get Washington to commit to buying a fixed volume of solar and wind power for government buildings and Army bases for 10 years, with only U.S.-based manufacturers able to compete for contracts; get Washington to set a new fleet average of 35 miles per gallon for Detroit within 10 years ? with no loopholes; establish government loan guarantees for any company that wants to build a nuclear power plant; and, finally, build a national transmission grid ? a green power superhighway ? so that solar energy from Arizona or wind from Wyoming can power homes in Chicago. Do all that and our private sector will take America from green laggard to green leader.
I actually think these all are good ideas. Welcome back to reality Tom; pity about the bloodstains on your resume.