Brooks is talking about Teddy Roosevelt's measured, fair-handed approach to governing. TR was enthusiastically pro-business (bully!) but would not tolerate business soiling the environment. Here's a link to the entire article, and the paragraphs that stuck out for me:
“The true function of the state as it interferes in social life,” Roosevelt wrote, “should be to make the chances of competition more even, not to abolish them.”
John McCain’s challenge is to recreate this model. He will never get as many cheers in Germany as Barack Obama, but for a century his family has embodied American heroism. He will never seem as young and forward-leaning as his opponent, but he did have his values formed in an age that people now look back to with respect.
The high point of his campaign, so far, has been his energy policy, which is comprehensive and bold, but does not try to turn us into a nation of bicyclists. It does not view America’s energy-intense economy as a sign of sinfulness.While David Brooks is one of my favorite columnists, I do "view America's energy-intense economy as a sign of sinfulness." I see that many Americans will grab as much as their carts will hold - and fill their pockets as they rush down the aisles of life's supermarket.
It took four dollars per gallon to dull the shine of all that F250 and Yukon paint. Three-fifty wasn't enough. Everyone knows that the sourcing of dinosaur juice is more and more expensive and environmentally damaging. Everyone knows that we consume far more of everything than citizens of other nations.
No one wants to be the first to roll down a window, turn off the air conditioning.
Seems sorta sinful to me.