My man David Roberts has been quite impressed by the recent writings of NYT uber-pundit Thomas Friedman. Friedman is a crude but effective writer, and I'm glad to see he's enlisting his thunderous arsenal of platitudes in service of conservation, etc. Undeniably, he makes some good points. But I fear that the world's problems are a bit more complex than can be dreamt of in Friedman's neoliberal philosophy. The hyper-globalized system of trade that he breathlessly champions may itself be too energy intensive to be sustained -- even by "green" energy. Why should the global south gear its productive capacity …
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Tom Philpott was previously Grist's food writer. He now writes for Mother Jones.
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