Okay. Sign me up. I am hopeful that what Thomas Friedman paints as a possibility can become a reality.
“One thing that always struck me about the term “green” was the degree to which, for so many years, it was defined by its opponents â€” by the people who wanted to disparage it. And they defined it as “liberal,” “tree-hugging,” “sissy,” “girlie-man,” “unpatriotic,” “vaguely French. Well, I want to rename “green.” I want to rename it geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. I want to do that because I think that living, working, designing, manufacturing and projecting America in a green way can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century. A redefined, broader and more muscular green ideology is not meant to trump the traditional Republican and Democratic agendas but rather to bridge them when it comes to addressing the three major issues facing every American today: jobs, temperature and terrorism.”
For reasons that have to do with personal convictions related to conservation, preservation and a deep love of nature, as well as my decades-long concern (to put it mildly) for my personal and our collective dependence on oil companies and the suppliers of their product, I have found myself becoming more and more radicalized in my desire to do whatever I can do to lessen my personal consumption of oil. I think our lawmakers should view our dependency on oil as a threat equal to any other threat we face as a nation. And I don’t care if the oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska — as long as we’re dependent on oil as our major source of energy, that dependence is a threat to our country strategically and economically. I’m even opposed to programs that turn shale or coal into oil as those efforts compete with efforts to find alternatives to oil. I don’t believe our problem is merely dependence on supplies of oil — I believe our problem is dependence on oil, no matter what its source. I think federal and state lawmakers should enact aggressive (even war-time-like) measures that encourage the development and acceptance of sustainable, renewable and clean energy sources other than oil.
So, I’m with Friedman on this: Being green is geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic, patriotic. And even if it’s better for the environment and will help address global warming, there is nothing “vaguely French” about it.
[Note: Also, be sure to the watch the video on the making of the origami flag that appears on the cover of the New York Times Sunday magazine.]