In his manifesto today in the New York Times Magazine, Thomas Friedman says the “green” movement needs a new identity.

“I want to rename ‘green,’ Friedman writes. “I want to rename it geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. I want to do that because I think that living, working, designing, manufacturing and projecting America in a green way can be the basis of a new unifying political movement for the 21st century. A redefined, broader and more muscular green ideology is not meant to trump the traditional Republican and Democratic agendas but rather to bridge them when it comes to addressing the three major issues facing every American today: jobs, temperature and terrorism.”

Not surprisingly, later in the piece Friedman highlights Princeton researchers Rob Socolow and Stephen Pacala’s wedge solution to the carbon problem. One important piece of the wedge approach is carbon storage. Princeton alum Kyle Meng, now at the Environmental Defense Fund, has written an article in the April edition of Energy Policy that outlines opportunities for low-cost carbon storage in China. His coauthors are Michael Celia, chairman of the civil and environmental engineering department at Princeton, and Robert Williams, senior research scientist at the Princeton Environmental Institute. Meng will be participating in the 2007 meeting of the International Energy Workshop in June at Stanford.

The Friedman piece is available online only to premium subscribers. But check out this video, which features the artists the Times commissioned to create “green” flags to illustrate Friedman’s article.

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