Friedman on ‘drill, drill, drill’: It’s like someone chanting ‘IBM Selectric typewriters’ during the IT revolution.

From today’s ThinkProgress:

On NBC’s Meet The Press this morning, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman criticized the chanting of “drill, drill, drill” and “drill, baby, drill” at the Republican National Convention last week, saying that’s just what Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Nigeria want to hear Americans focusing on. “They’d be up there leading the chant. They would be saying, ‘this is great, America isn’t sitting there saying, invent, invent, invent new renewable energy,’” said Friedman. Friedman added that he isn’t opposed to offshore drilling, but we shouldn’t be “making that the center focus”:

FRIEDMAN: I’m actually not against drilling. What I’m against is making that the center of our focus because we are on the eve of a new revolution, the energy technology revolution. It would be, Tom, as if on the eve of the IT revolution, the revolution of PCs and the internet, someone was up there standing and demanding, “IBM Selectric typewriters, IBM Selectric typewriters.” That’s what “drill, drill, drill” is the equivalent of today.

See the video at ThinkProgress.



  1. it is very shortsighted to think that the long term solution to our energy problem is to just drill for more oil. what needs to happen is the use of more renewable sources. of course the republicans want us to drill drill drill. that policy has made the party and its backers rich rich rich at the expense of us us us!

  2. We had this on yesterday watching Biden and then when Friedman came on, MathMan had left the room for a few minutes and came back without noticing that the guest had changed. Then he heard that line about Selectrics and looked up and saw Friedman.

    “Well, now I’ve heard everything….”


  3. I heard Tom Friedman today on NPR’s Fresh Air: fabulous! He is articulate and interesting with such an original manner of self-expression. His point is that we must switch from dirty to clean energy systems. I’m betting his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded is great.

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