Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world’s middle class through globaliz...more
The top ten quotes that indicate Hot, Flat, and Crowded is worth a read.
#10. "15 to 20 percent of all primates have been described by scie...more
First off, I'd like to mention that if this was a fiction book, it would get one star. Having recently ventured into the nonfiction category more and more, and having been so pleased with Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, and Bob Woodward, I took a recommendation and bought this hefty little bugger.
What I wasn't expecting is that the style w...more
I had a feeling this was the case but this book really paints a vivid picture of our screw'dness. According to Friedman all the stars really need to align, and fast, in order for us (humans) to reverse global warming and not go extinct. Here's what needs to happen:
1.) The US needs to get our heads out of our pants and start pumping tons of money (both private and public) into green energy.
2.) The US needs to enstate a gas floor so that gas prices cannot go below say...more
Friedman’s vision opposes the fatalism of Huxley and Orwell, insisting that the answer to our predicament is technological innovation. He believes change is possible and should be embraced as a political and economic public relations tactic. This is our opportunity to sh...more
“I am convinced that if America becomes the example of a country that takes the lead in developing clean power, energy efficiency, and conservation systems, and grows more productive, healthy, respected, prosperous, competitive, innovative, and secure as a result, many more countries and man...more
He addresses "energy crisis" concepts of course, and is definately a champion of living "green" as it were, which I think as far as our personal stewardship of the Earth is a pretty darn smart thing. He shares some interesting correlations between the global oil trade and equality and stability within co...more
Friedman advocates America dedicating itself to solving environmental problems not just for reasons of stewardship or global warming, but because he fervently believes that environmental innovation can renew the American economy and it's standing in the world. It is a reasonable hypothesis a...more
One of the most compelling chapters was on Energy Poverty...more
It's hard not to admire Thomas Friedman's reporting, even if it sometimes feels like a sales pitch. That's why those who agree with Friedman's analysis were excited about this book: it may not be the best volume available on the subject, but it will encourage millions of people to think about the central role climate change should play in the national discourse. But Bj
Going green is not recycling or drilling for cleaner fuels like natural gas. Going green is about becoming independent of fossil fuels and nonrenewable energ...more
This book starts off explaining why we need a Green Revolution and I agree with him fully at this point. Ho...more
Hot - the result of global climate change. Flat - the world is not becoming literally flat, of course, but geographical features that once assured isolation, like mountains and oceans, are ever more easily surmounted. Crowded - seven billion people and growing.
If you are one of many who've recently sweltered through an unusually hot spring, su...more
Hot, Flat, and Crowded is at times slow, painful, and just confusing. While this is in part due to Friedman's writing style (and penchant for analogies), it is largely a result of tackling a huge topic: the history, current state, and future of energy in the world.
Friedman does an excellent job at summarizing the story thus far. He giv...more
Easily the worst non fiction book I have read.
The first portion of the book devotes itself to describing the laundry list of Friedman's fears; the link between oil money and radical Islam, Chinese and Indian growth, global warming, and America's stagnant relationship with green energy. Instead of focusing on any one of these topics that some authors spend careers focusing on Friedman decided to take all of them on at once. The effect of this being that he fails to g...more
The problems range from global warming to energy scarcity to overpopulation. I've read enough books on these topics in the past few years to be convinced that big c...more
'…the parallels between what has been happening in the Market and what is happening in Mother Nature are eerie. In both realms, what used to be once-in-a-century events—unusually powerful storms, heat waves, or global financial crises—are now happening with greater and greater frequency, with greater and greater virulence, and the costs of the cleanups are going higher and higher. In both realms industries that benefited from the underpricing of risks—whether they are credit-default swa...more
The Author in a lucid style has highlighted the current energy crisis, the Biodiversity issue, Energy poverty and role of emerging countries as well developed countries in the green r...more
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