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Every now and then, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman reiterates his support for plug-in vehicles in his columns. His latest, headlined "Making America Stupid" doesn't mention PHEVs by name, but it does put the question of where our future energy should come from into stark partisan relief. Friedman's basic idea is that any encouragement of domestic drilling, especially the inane "drill, baby, drill" refrain, just makes America stupid because we're not spending money getting us out of our dependency. In his words, "an America that is focused first and foremost on drilling for oil is an America more focused on feeding its oil habit than kicking it."

Granted, both major presidential candidates (Obama and McCain) have some sort of energy plan that includes alternatives, but Friedman's article is pretty convincing when he says that it's the people who sell oil to the U.S., not the chanting Republicans, who must be the biggest fans of "drill, baby, drill" around.

[Source: NY Times]


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