I would take believers of anthropogenic global warming more seriously if they practiced what they preached. I don’t expect a wealthy New York Times opinion columnist, who married into money, to live in a studio apartment in the Bronx, but isn’t it possible to reduce your carbon footprint just a little without diminishing your status and convenience?
Thomas Friedman is a big proponent of green technology . He believes its development is vital to reduce AGW. He also believes it is important for other reasons. This article, in The New York Times Magazine is a pretty in depth look at his positions on environmental issues.
If he only extolled the virtues of green technology as a way to reduce the demand on oil from crazy tyrants in the Middle East or South America I wouldn’t make an issue out of the size of his house. Certain environmental concerns wouldn’t necessarily make it hypocrisy either. If he wanted to reduce the worlds carbon footprint because mining and oil extraction are hard on the environment( especially in the developing world) then I would say fair enough. A desire for a world where dictators can’t hold other nations hostage because of their natural resources and one with cleaner water and air is noble.
We have lived with oil controlling tyrants and holes in the ground from energy extraction for years. Another 20 or 30 years of that, until various green technologies meet the market test in both utility and price isn’t the end of the world. One can argue about how much government intervention is required, if any, to jump start the process. In other words, no need for Friedman to burn his house down and live in a tent to avoid a global catastrophe.
However, if you believe that every bit of carbon dioxide that is emitted into the atmosphere is sending the Earth closer to environmental Armageddon, and that the path that it is on is unsustainable, wouldn’t you rethink the size of your own carbon footprint.?
A quick example of his “do as I say not as I do” mindset is a quote from an article in the Wall Street Journal website: HT American Thinker
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, 55, told Grinnell College graduates in Iowa that his was “the grasshopper generation, eating through just about everything like hungry locusts.
Apparently, philosopher kings are exempt from grasshopper status, Grasshopper.