Tom "Suck On This" Friedman was in top form today on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS while discussing climate change. He's on the right side of the issue thankfully, but his ideas are way out there when it comes to solutions. He actually believes it would be a good idea for Putin to shut off the power on the Ukraine while they are living on the precipice of war which will suddenly kick start the world into being serious about renewable energy? Is he huffing airplane glue?
Friedman: Fareed, I'm going to ask you something. Would you think I'm a bad guy if I were hoping that Vladimir Putin turned off the gas to Europe? Because that's my secret hope, because I believe if Putin turns off the oil and gas to Europe right now, it would be the equivalent of the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which is what launched the solar wind and efficiency industry.
We only got the first auto mileage standards after that. I think we are poised to take off. I hope you bought solar stocks last year, because if you did, they're all exploding. And I don't have to tell you about Tesla stock. We just need a little push. We just need Vladimir to do the right thing and turn the gas off. I'm happy to pay all the energy bills for the Ukraine because the impact it would have on the whole clean tech industry, which is poised to take off now, would be just like 1973. You go, Vlad. Give it to us.
Yes, Tom, you are a bad guy for suggesting that. How many people would be killed in the aftermath of Putin shutting off the gas in the Ukraine? And if war broke out, I doubt anyone would be talking about climate change in the world. And we all know that the only thing Republicans would be just talking about how weak President Obama is compared to that bastion of strength, King Vlad.
Really, the elites in this country always think their ideas are so wonderful, no matter what the cost it is to the middle and lower classes and how many peons suffer for it.
What they needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house, from Basra to Baghdad, um and basically saying, "Which part of this sentence don't you understand?"
You don't think, you know, we care about our open society, you think this bubble fantasy, we're just gonna to let it grow?
Well, Suck. On. This.
That, Charlie, was what this war was about. We could've hit Saudi Arabia, it was part of that bubble. We coulda hit Pakistan. We hit Iraq because we could.