Thomas L. Friedman on the energy revolution

Friday, November 07, 2008

This is a video from around the time of the primaries, which naturally didn't garner a great deal of attention at the time but maybe should be viewed again now that the election is over and it's time to think of long-term economic solutions. Here it is:

One part from about four minutes in:

We're really going to have to go about this in a strategic way, and the next president is gonna have to have a plan. I was just in China a week or ten days ago Tom; the young Chinese, whenever I go they say to me "Mr. Friedman, you guys got to grow dirty for 150 years. Now it's our turn." To which I say to them: "You know what? You're right. It is your turn. Take your time. Grow as dirty as you want. Cause I think we just need five years to invent all the clean car technologies you're going to need before you choke to death, and then we're gonna come over, and then we're gonna sell them to you, and we're gonna clean your clock in the next great global industry."


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