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Tom Friedman dreams about a Presidential Candidate Who’ll Tell the Truth

May 30, 2008

From his essay in the NYTs: Truth or Consequences:

Imagine for a minute, just a minute, that someone running for president was able to actually tell the truth, the real truth, to the American people about what would be the best — I mean really the best — energy policy for the long-term economic health and security of our country. I realize this is a fantasy, but play along with me for a minute. What would this mythical, totally imaginary, truth-telling candidate say?

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Thomas L. Friedman

For starters, he or she would explain that there is no short-term fix for gasoline prices. Prices are what they are as a result of rising global oil demand from India, China and a rapidly growing Middle East on top of our own increasing consumption, a shortage of “sweet” crude that is used for the diesel fuel that Europe is highly dependent upon and our own neglect of effective energy policy for 30 years.

Yeah…sighs wistfully.  Imagine a candidate with enough spine to tell the TRUTH, and to make the world sit up and DO SOMETHING.

Not that I’m bitter or anything.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 31, 2008 4:07 pm

    He’s been a regular columnist at the NYT for how long? And he is just now getting around to this?

    I don’t know whether to rejoice that even Friedman seems to be getting it, or to cuss and spit and count the legs under the mule he’s tryin’ to sell me.

  2. episcopalifem permalink*
    May 31, 2008 4:47 pm

    I don’t think this is the first time he’s mentioned it…just the first time he’s mentioned it in the context of what the politicians are saying about how to solve the gas crisis.

    But still…

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