Thomas Friedman In Dallas: ET Will Save Us All

It’s appropriate that Thomas Friedman (at left) spoke in Dallas today as Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast, because the New York Times columnist seems to think man-made global warming is causing all our weird weather. “We’ve introduced so much CO2,” Friedman proclaimed, “that we no longer know the difference between an Act of God and an act of man.” The author of the new book titled Hot, Flat and Crowded addressed a World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth luncheon at the Hilton Anatole, which itself was extra-crowded because of Ike evacuees. Friedman, clad for comfort in Green Chic–black slacks and a wrinkled, pale-green, button-down cotton shirt–told the big crowd that Dallas has a “wonderful green mayor,” the U.S. is mainly into “exporting fear” these days, and it’s going to take a “big government role” to jump-start the energy-technology (or ET) revolution that will help us all live happily ever. While he was here in Dallas, WAC honcho Jim Falk said, the Ross Perots Anatole’s Crows put Friedman up in grand style.


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13 responses to “Thomas Friedman In Dallas: ET Will Save Us All”

  1. Pete says:

    I hope ole Tom walked down here from the Culture Capital so as not to contribute more anthropogenic carbon to our dying planet.

  2. JB says:

    This guy is tripping over his own carbon footprint. The fact that he is confused between God and Man speaks volumes about the arrogance of the current environmentalist movement.

  3. Grant says:

    I might have misheard, but I thought he said “the Crows” had been putting Friedman up in grand style, i.e. at the Anatole which they own.

  4. Dallasite says:

    The biggest lie ever told…

  5. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    What are you people talking about? Were we at the same luncheon? I thought he had a lot of great points – particularly about how we (Americans) have become complacent in our status as the World Leader and we are about to get kicked right off our throne by China if we’re not careful. I thought he had a lot of insightful things to say about government stepping in to help get green energy off the ground and about how “we’ve lost our groove” as being the voice of hope to the world because we’re so busy since 9/11 being the voice of “fear”. I thoroughly enjoyed his talk.

  6. Dave says:

    To “I’m Just Sayin'”:

    You claim that “we are about to get kicked right off our throne by China if we’re not careful”

    But, of course, you fail to see how that prophecy will prove well true if we implement the kind of commerce-killing regulations (and taxation) that Friedman himself endorses as a way to create a la-dee-da-make-believe industry with its fantasy “green jobs”.

  7. Neal says:

    Wolverine, were you trying to type a word that sort of rhymes with “moosh”? If so, I really have to object to the filtering of that word by the Frontburner powers that be.* “Moosh”-bag may be slightly overused these days, but it is just such a good word. Of course it is a derogatory term but it’s not even in the same universe of George Carlin’s list of dirty words.

    *I am fully on board with comments by Wick and others re name calling and personal attacks, so I am in no way endorsing Wolverine’s apparent opinion that Tom Friedman is a “moosh”-bag or any other kind of bag. But come on, we commenters have to be able to drop a d-bomb now and then. Sometimes, no other word will do.

  8. Tim Rogers says:

    I can’t link to it from my phone, but there appears today an interesting review of Friedman’s “Hot, Flat” book in the WSJ. Worth a read for Those Who Care.

  9. J says:

    Whether you think “man-made” global warming is fact or fiction, IMO he is spot on that the next economic boom will be energy related. His message that we (USA) need to be at the forefront is just another proclamation that we need to get our #$%^ together. He’s right there too.

    The World is Flat is a worthwhile read but “The Lion and the Dragon” is better and more to the point.

  10. J says:

    correction above – “The Elephant and the Dragon” by Robyn Meredith

  11. Glenn Hunter says:

    Grant: You’re absolutely right. Correction made.

  12. Dave is Wrong says:

    Very wrong. Scary wrong.