Friedman’s green fantasia

A demolishing opinion about Thomas L. Friedman‘s Hot, Flat, and Crowded: (Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America):

All this gear is so intelligent, in fact, that “when the sun is shining brightly and the wind is howling” (i.e., when your house is generating solar and wind power), your utility turns on your dryer to finish your laundry.

Does it ever occur to him, in the grip of a fantasia like this, that if the sun is shining brightly, or the breeze is blowing steadily, you could dry your clothes on a $14 piece of rope strung off your back deck, or for that matter on a foldable rack in the apartment hallway? And that since most of the world already knows how to do it, we might be smarter moving in their direction instead of insisting that they buy into our entire high-technology suburban dream?

By Bill McKibben, full text here.

Many issues of this most amazing journal, The New York Review of Books (which deserves an entry on its own) end up in my house thanks to my father paper subscription. It seems some articles, such as the one quoted, are in the public domain, at least as of today.

Thomas L. Friedma
Thomas L. Friedman

One thought on “Friedman’s green fantasia

  1. That is funny! People too often look for the most complex solution instead of the simplest. (unfortnately)
    I use this folding clothes drying rack and usually put it outdoors on the deck or indoors under the ceiling fan if rainy or cold. Because all the clothes hang freely they dry fast.
    Not very hi-tech, but it never fails and it’s cheap😉

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