The Geo-Green Alternative

Thomas Friedman, in The Geo-Green Alternative, says that our addiction to Mid-East oil supports the current authoritarian regimes.

I am a geo-green. The geo-greens believe that, going forward, if we put all our focus on reducing the price of oil – by conservation, by developing renewable and alternative energies and by expanding nuclear power – we will force more reform than by any other strategy…. All these regimes have huge population bubbles and too few jobs. They make up the gap with oil revenues.

By refusing to rein in U.S. energy consumption, the Bush team is not only depriving itself of the most effective lever for promoting internally driven reform in the Middle East, it is also depriving itself of any military option.

The Bush team’s laudable desire to promote sustained reform in the Middle East will never succeed unless it moves from neocon to geo-green.

I believe that this line of thinking can help re-focus the ineffective message of the environmental movement. As I stated earlier, environmentalists need to simplify the message to get the attention of overextended Americans.

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