In Thomas L. Friedman's article "What They Really Believe", Friedman argues that those in Congress that are opposed to the energy/climate bills really have no reason to favor drilling for more oil. Friedman uses logos and pathos to convince the reader to look past arguments against the energy bills. First Friedman proves with ethos that these people's opinion should not be trusted because they think "the world is going to face a mass plague, like the Black Death, that will wipe out 2.5 billion people sometime between now and 2050" and that it is best for America to be "dependent on oil for energy". Friedman argues his point with emotionally provoking statistics that scare one for the future. He disproves the opponent's beliefs by stating that the world's population will increase by 2.5 billion. The increase in population will cause drastic need for more resources and bad "energy, climate, water and pollution implications".
What truly scares me about the dependence on oil besides the detrimental environmental effects, as stated by Friedman, is the power given to oil dictators in Iran, Venezuela and Russia. The price of oil will only increase. Friedman proves that it is necessary to support the energy/climate bill because the country will need to be independent from oil to survive. It is better to pay a cap-and-trade or carbon tax than to suffer worse consequences in the future.