Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America
Hot Flat and Crowded Why We Need a Green Revolution -- and How It Can Renew America Author:Thomas L. Friedman Thomas L. Friedman?s no. 1 bestseller The World Is Flat has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy?both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to... more » all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future. Friedman proposes that an ambitious national strategy? which he calls ?Geo-Greenism??is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating; it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure. As in The World Is Flat, he explains a new era?the Energy-Climate era?through an illuminating account of recent events. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the flattening of the world by the Internet (which brought 3 billion new consumers onto the world stage) have combined to bring climate and energy issues to Main Street. But they have not gone very far down Main Street; the much-touted ?green revolution? has hardly begun. With all that in mind, Friedman sets out the clean-technology breakthroughs we, and the world, will need; he shows that the ET (Energy Technology) revolution will be both transformative and disruptive; and he explains why America must lead this revolution?with the first Green President and a Green New Deal, spurred by the Greenest Generation. Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman?fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the world we live in today.« less
I read part of this book, then picked up the audiobook and tried that for a while. Both are long-winded and dragged on with tons of info and exhortations for change. The part on why global climate change needs to be addressed and ways to modify public policy were good, but some of the information suffered from lack of knowledge of the rapid decrease in commodity prices and global trade that started in 2008 from inflated highs to recession/depression levels 6 months later. He refers to many news articles that were published just prior to the book, so not all the info was super-out of date - for instance he does mention what people could do to address possible falling energy prices on alternative energy and efficiency. Worth reading some chapters and speed reading other sections that may now be less applicable. The best part of this book was the many personal experiences he details from visiting China, Mexico, and other places around the world and discussing local issues and policies.