Thomas Friedman, a moderate columnist for The New York Times, has gone from supporting the Bush administration’s effort in Iraq…to criticizing the Bush administration for a misguided energy policy.
Once Friedman was said to be so influential in Washington that even the Bush Administration tracked his columns. But in the last few weeks he’s been calling for a "geo-green" strategy of hybrid cars, gax taxes, and other measures to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. It’s a startling change, but Friedman insists in a recent Q&A with Grist magazine that his readers support it. He goes on to call drilling in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge an example of "brain-dead" politics over policy.