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Monday, September 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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The opinionated moustache strikes back

Photobucket He uses words like Chuck Norris uses fists. Sometimes skillfully. Sometimes clumsily. Always dangerously. It could only be New York Times columnist and “Hot, Flat and Crowded” author Thomas Friedman. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Friedman sat down with their Green section editor, Dave Burdick. Here’s an excerpt: DB: "I was just reading the chapter in your book titled "205 Ways To Save The Earth." Do you ever wish that "green" hadn't become stylish?" TF: "Yes and no. When something becomes a fad, it has an upside and a downside. The downside is it can be easily trivialized. The upside is that it starts to really scale beyond the original core group. And when something starts to scale virally like that, you never know where it's going to go, and you never know what innovation it's going to trigger." We agree with that sentiment; it's absolutely true. But Friedman, long criticized for his fervent support of clean coal, when asked now about its popularity, replies “I never met clean coal before, but if you meet clean coal, would you please introduce us? There's no such thing as clean coal.” Ka-pow! Also, the interview covers greening the economy, Obama’s opportunity, and what we can learn from Denmark. Read here.


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