Friedman’s article states that he hopes the president will turn it down, but he doesn’t think he will. As a result, he wishes “Bill McKibbin and his 350.org coalition go crazy. I’m talking chain-themselves-to-the-White-House-fence-stop-traffic-at-the-Capitol kind of crazy” (Friedman). He explains that if we make a big enough fuss over the pipeline we might get global responses to climate change. In his view, we have a rare advantage of a second-term Democratic president who is trying to create more jobs, but he also has an environmental counsel to keep happy. He writes, “So cue up the protests, and pay no attention to people counseling rational and mature behavior” (Friedman). ...
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...e tired into our “craving to be powerful” (Fowles).
Overall, “No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy.” Is successful because it stirs up talk of the pipeline, which is exactly what Friedman wants. It angers us and gives a sense of importance and urgency for both sides of the argument. The way in which he goes about constructing his argument adds to the general cause. He lists some of the pros along with the cons to give an impression of the bigger picture and to insure he is not being biased. Still, his reasoning is presented rationally and locally. In the end, Friedman has got me crazy over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Friedman, Thomas. “No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy.” nytime.com. The New York Times. 9 Mar.
2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.
Fowles, Jib. "Advertising's Fifteen Basic Appeals." Conversations. New York: Pearson
Education, 2006. 261-84. Print.
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