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The Earth is Full… of Hypocritical Eco Blowhards

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By Doug Powers  •  June 10, 2011 04:52 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Thomas Friedman had a column in Wednesday’s New York Times entitled “The Earth is Full.” In the column, Friedman called for people to work less and own less in order to save the planet. Bla bla bla.

There’s a common thread among many of the people who demand that everybody else do without: They tend to have a lot more than the people they’re asking to own less — which is why the following items come as complete non-surprises: Friedman’s wife is the heir to the shopping mall fortune of one of America’s wealthiest families (safe bet they don’t all live in eco houses). As for the more relevant issue of Friedman himself, if the world is too full, maybe it’s because he’s taking up too much space:

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Newsbusters points out that the July 2006 issue of Washingtonian magazine called Friedman’s home “a palatial 11,400-square-foot house, now valued at $9.3 million, on a 7.5-acre parcel…”

Between Thomas Friedman and Al Gore, if they’d let some of us greenhouse gas-spewing eco-unfriendly serfs spill over into their sprawling carbon footprints, maybe the earth wouldn’t be so full.

If somebody wants to effectively convince people that the world is in peril because of carbon footprints, they’d be wise to first make sure it looks like they believe it. That’s Salesmanship 101. Global warming alarmists with private jets and mansions are like cardiologists preaching healthy diets to their patients while walking through the waiting room smoking cigarettes and eating pork rinds.

(h/t Weasel Zippers and Matt Taibbi)

**Written by Doug Powers

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