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March 9th, 2010

Friedman: ‘Dammit, you’re not dreaming enough!’

Published on March 9th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Like shootin’ fish in a barrel. Me, six days ago:

Prediction: Tom will state that Bloom Energy changes everything!

Today from Friedman:

Several months ago, though, Sridhar took me into the parking lot behind Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters and showed me the inside of one of his Bloom Boxes, the size of a small shipping container. Inside were stacks of solid oxide fuel cells, stored in cylinders, and all kinds of whiz-bang parts that I did not understand.

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Our politics has gotten so impossible lately, too many Americans have stopped dreaming.

Here’s my latest scorecard on Tommy’s ideas:

  • Free trade!
  • Invade the oil cartels! (aka, Suck On This)
  • Free trade, except for Silicon Valley!
  • Ambien!

Actually, he writes something even more inane today:

All I know is this: If we put a simple price on carbon, these new technologies would have a chance to blossom

There is already a simple price on carbon and TF knows it. Unfortunately, it is mispriced and artificial because of various policies, taxes and subsidies that will continue because there is an army of lobbyists screaming OMG! REAL CARBON PRICING IS THE END OF CIVILIZATION, and they know they have pet-dog pundits like Friedman who will provide the cover they need.


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One Response to Friedman: ‘Dammit, you’re not dreaming enough!’

  1. Robert says:

    “All I know is this: If we put a simple price on carbon, these new technologies would have a chance to blossom…” -Friedman

    “There is already a simple price on carbon and TF [Friedman] knows it. Unfortunately, it is mispriced and artificial because of various policies, taxes and subsidies that will continue…” -Wray

    So what do you think Friedman just said? Your reply I quote immdediately above simply repeats him with a little more elaboration for the intellectually challenged. The man is saying that we should slap the real cost in terms of environment, etc. on carbon and these technologies would blossom on their own without subsidies. That’s very clearly the gist of what he’s saying there, so why are you beating up on him for that? Your article is just as confusing as your understanding of him seems to be.

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