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[Read] ➵ Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America ➼ Thomas L. Friedman – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas L Friedman speaks to America s urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a susta In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize winning and Crowded: eBook ↠ author Thomas L Friedman speaks to America s urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world s middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet one that is hot, flat, and crowded In this Releaseedition, he also shows how the very habits that led us to ravage the natural world led to the meltdown of the financial markets and Hot, Flat, PDF \ the Great Recession The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy And it could inspire Americans to something we haven t seen in a long time nation building in America by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L Friedman fearless, incisive, forward looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the challenge and the promise of the Flat, and Crowded: PDF ´ future. C 67% Almost Satisfactory NotesConvincing arguments, but terribly aggravating when endlessly quoting numbers and painting doomsday scenarios. I haven t finished this book, but I feel like there are a few examples that if I don t get down, I will forget, and they illustrate how I feel about this book well.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 categoryand , 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 I haven t finished this book, but I feel like there are a few examples that if I don t get down, I will forget, and they illustrate how I feel about this book well.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 categoryand , 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 would make a big difference Like I mentioned, if this was fiction, it would get one star but as a nonfiction book, at least the information is good The problem is that Friedman s writing style is so repetitive, boastfully clever, and patronizing, that it s really hard to read.A couple of quick examples Green is not simply a new form of generating electric power, added Rothkopf It is a new form of generating national power period Let me repeat that Green is not simply a new form of generating electric power It is a new form of generating national power period Now, repetition can be useful in song lyrics and poetry, but even then there s often at least some form of distance between repetitions or a variation This just made my eyes immediately glaze over What makes you think I didn t get it the first time This sort of patronizing tone is repeated again and again, most notably when he quotes a report on cow s flatulence and belching causing methane build up His quote includes helpful brackets after the word regurgitate spit up Now, I know some people aren t college educated But I really think anyone reading this book is going to already know what regurgitate means.The other major problem I had was that he really seems to think his clever little turns of phrase are so great that he can use them again and again and again until you want to bash your own face in with a hammer The name of the book is Hot, Flat, and Crowded, referring to rising temperature, globalizations of markets, and overpopulation But whenever he makes a reference to globalization, he feels like he has to say flattening It sounds stupid I m glad you have a clever title, Tom, but that doesn t mean you have to write in newspeak.I guess I ll update this once I finish it Like I said, the info is good, I just find his style personally offensive This book shows Tom Friedman at the top of his game Friedman is always good at eliciting insightful information from a vast number of interviews The task he sets for himself here could be daunting to others integrate the global economic revolution with the climate change evolution and this world s burgeoning population in order to view realistically the options for our species The fact that his solution is not simple but compelling adds to the value of the book, but even if he were only to s This book shows Tom Friedman at the top of his game Friedman is always good at eliciting insightful information from a vast number of interviews The task he sets for himself here could be daunting to others integrate the global economic revolution with the climate change evolution and this world s burgeoning population in order to view realistically the options for our species The fact that his solution is not simple but compelling adds to the value of the book, but even if he were only to state the problem it would be worthwhile to spend some time reading it I need to go back over it again and use my highlighter to make this bookvaluable as a reference I know I will be quoting it If you know a fair amount already about the current ecological environmental situation of our world, I recommend skimming if not skipping the entire first half of the book As for the second half, Friedman has good points about how to change policy, encourage technology, etc to solve our problems However, my biggest issue with this book is how talky it was 100 pages easily could have been trimmed off the four hundred pages Friedman likes examples and anectdotes, LOTS of them I often found t If you know a fair amount already about the current ecological environmental situation of our world, I recommend skimming if not skipping the entire first half of the book As for the second half, Friedman has good points about how to change policy, encourage technology, etc to solve our problems However, my biggest issue with this book is how talky it was 100 pages easily could have been trimmed off the four hundred pages Friedman likes examples and anectdotes, LOTS of them I often found that his main points were subsumed beneath the weight of fun little stories Interesting and informative read but should be muchsuccint Not a quick read to take to the beach on a summer afternoon, but the topic and ideas presented are too important to ignore People sometimes quickly dismiss books about environmental issues, assuming it will lead to the condemning of science, technology, and societal advances, instead proposing a regression toward a simpler 1800 s style lifestyle What makes the book different to me is that Friedman has researched and described solutions which exist, have been proven, make both environmental as Not a quick read to take to the beach on a summer afternoon, but the topic and ideas presented are too important to ignore People sometimes quickly dismiss books about environmental issues, assuming it will lead to the condemning of science, technology, and societal advances, instead proposing a regression toward a simpler 1800 s style lifestyle What makes the book different to me is that Friedman has researched and described solutions which exist, have been proven, make both environmental as well as economic sense In 2008, the U.S has faced significant downturns in the housing market, the stock market, banking, a continuing energy crisis, volatile and soaring gasoline prices, Detroit now stuck with 20th century vehicles no longer suitable for the 21st century, soaring budget deficits, and a do nothing Congress locked in ideological finger pointing Perhaps the culmination of all these problems arising at the same time is that the public will read this book and clamor for solutions Hopefully, elected officials will also read this book, recognize the seriousness of these problems, think Nationally vs Regionally, recognize the solutions which are available, and lead vs react to crises in energy and environmental areas, and enact solutions similar to those offered in Friedman s book In two words we re screwed 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 In two words we re screwed 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 3 or 4 gallon This way investment in green energy will be guaranteed a market and will be less of a risk.3 The global warming naysayers need to do some research and start believing the scientists and stop saying it s a political issue 4 Our electricity backbone needs to get smarter, and we need to tackle the energy problem from both the supply side AND the demand side right now we only worry about the supply side.5 We need to stop pandering to the oil gas lobby s which continually shut down attempts to further green energy incentives and funding.6 With China and India developing they need to develop green and not continue to use dirty coal, and the internal combustion engine as transportation.7 We have to figure out how to get poor people to stop cutting down their forests.Our window of opportunity is shrinking every day and if we continue to do little or nothing it will be to late This stuff is scarier than anything Steve King has ever written I m sure I m missing a few points but that s what I came up with off the top of my head.As for the writing itself, well, that s why it only got 4 stars I feel that Friedman tends to be overly verbose and repetitive After half a dozen false starts, I ve figured out that I don t have a clever way to summarize Friedman s environmental opus Hot, Flat and crowded But I did find that in my read through I d marked ten sections I found particularly illuminating and so with apologies to David Letterman I d like to present my review using Friedman s own words, with some editing.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 After half a dozen false starts, I ve figured out that I don t have a clever way to summarize Friedman s environmental opus Hot, Flat and crowded But I did find that in my read through I d marked ten sections I found particularly illuminating and so with apologies to David Letterman I d like to present my review using Friedman s own words, with some editing.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 science in just the last 15 years 9 In 2020, there will be 1.5 billion people in China habitable land has been halved over the past 50 years 8 A car that is idling produces twenty times the pollution that a car going 30 miles an hour does, because a car is made to move, not to idle 7 In 2007, Indonesia spend 30 percent of its budget on energy subsidies and only 6 percent on education 6 In 1975, Congress passed the Energy Policy and Concervation Act Not surprisingly, it all worked Between 1975 and 1985, American passenger vehicle mileage went from around 13.5 miles per gallon to 27.5 5 Indeed, it was precisely the overexuberance of the dot com bubble that led to the overinvestment of billions of dollars into fiber optic cable from the late 1990s to the early 2000s making Internet connectivity virtually free for everyone 4 In what free market would you find the U.S government slapping a 54 cent a gallon tariff on sugarcane ethanol imported from Brazil, a democratic ally of the United States, while imposing only a 1.25 cent a gallon tariff on crude oil imported from Saudi Arabia, the home of most of the 9 11 hijackers 3 Name five political swing states People often say, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia Eliminate Florida and say those states again what do they all have in common Coal, coal, coal coal then add Iowa and the Midwest and biofuels and pretty soon you have no discussion about renewable energy at all 2 The American pet food industry spendseach year on RD than the American utilities industry does 1 Eventually, oil rich Saudi Arabia, which constitutes only 1 percent of the Muslim population, would support 90 percent of the expenses of the entire faith, overriding other traditions of Islam Music disappeared in the Kingdom Censorship smothered art and literature, and intellectual life withered Note This is only a four star review because Friedman repeats his favorite catch phrases over and over for no reason I hope you like the title Hot, Flat and Crowded, because you re going to be reading it a good 7,500 times if you read this book Much as Michael Pollan s In the Defense of Food was a logical sequel to The Omnivore s Dilemma, this latest current affairs book by Friedman is the logical next step after reading The World is Flat, Friedman s last treatise on the nature of a post industrial world in which brain power and a better educated populace will define the future of the world In this passionately articulated follow up, Friedman details and argues for a green revolution that needs to take hold of America if it hopes to r Much as Michael Pollan s In the Defense of Food was a logical sequel to The Omnivore s Dilemma, this latest current affairs book by Friedman is the logical next step after reading The World is Flat, Friedman s last treatise on the nature of a post industrial world in which brain power and a better educated populace will define the future of the world In this passionately articulated follow up, Friedman details and argues for a green revolution that needs to take hold of America if it hopes to remain the world s leader in innovation He appeals to our sense of pride by stoking our collective ego for being the model of innovation rather than admonishing us for our real and imagined ill ways by vigorously arguing that we can remain number one if we would only put aside short sighted politics Although he is clearly a man that looks at the world with a sense that the glass if half full, one cannot help but think that any denial of man s impact on the planet think of VP contender Sarah Palin s purposeful avoidance of implicating humans as the cause of global warming will stymie any of the much needed structural and organizational change that Friedman so passionately argues for Strategic tax incentives and increased research and development for renewable energy resources that don t produce CO2, heightened consumer and civic awareness of our dilemma, and well as arigorous change in our consumption habits are on his menu of must dos Although his detailed explanations can be long winded if he were a politician, fact checkers would have field day with his plethora of information his ardent and urgent call to action is much needed in this time of shallow green awareness You know what I mean the increasingly ridiculous commodification of everything labeled green so that you can t tell a phony from the real deal As Friedman argues, it will takethan some belt tightening, but rather some major cognitive dissonance and economic overhaul if we in the industrialized world are to batten down the hatches so to speak and fundamentally change our politics so that our economy can change and grow Which is also saying a lot considering the dismal state our country is in right now Can it get any worse I certainly hope not Even though I would normally feel that much of what Friedman posits would be ignored by the administration that we ve been putting up with during these last eight years, it s encouraging to know that he has an ally with the Democratic candidate for the Presidency, Barack Obama Yes, things can change And likely will, if current poll trends hold My second time to read a book by Thomas L Friedman born 1953 He is an American columnist New York Times Foreign Affairs , journalist and author The first book I read by him was The World Is Flat A Brief History of the Twenty first Century tbr but I was not able to finish it because a former colleague borrowed and did not return it But since the world is flat, I hope the book will find its way back to me Hah.Anyway, Friedman still discusses globalization main theme of The World is Fla My second time to read a book by Thomas L Friedman born 1953 He is an American columnist New York Times Foreign Affairs , journalist and author The first book I read by him was The World Is Flat A Brief History of the Twenty first Century tbr but I was not able to finish it because a former colleague borrowed and did not return it But since the world is flat, I hope the book will find its way back to me Hah.Anyway, Friedman still discusses globalization main theme of The World is Flat here Aside from that, though, he also shows how it flat is impacted by global warming that s why there is hot in the title and high population crowded.There are many informative and insightful points that Friedman raised in this book They are mostly alarming because we know that we are all experiencing those, i.e., there is no escaping Alarming because there is almost nothing we can do individually In cases that there is, like buying environment friendly stuff, avoiding the use of plastics, avoiding buying new things if the old one can still be used, etc., they seem to have very little impact to the whole situation The carbon emission quota per country or manufacturing of cars that areenvironment friendly are the actionable things that will have a higher and immediate impact to arrest the worsening environmental degradation.Friedman is an American and this book has Americans and the target reader However, as he also pointed out in the book, American cannot do this alone since there arepeople in China and India This has to be a joint undertaking at least by these three countries However, America leading the pack will give it a better direction since America is still the world s superpower.It s a nice book to remind us that the problems on global warming and high population growth are upon us It is a good reminder that if we don t do anything drastic now and before 2050 , the next generations to us will reap the problems of our neglect This book states what is wrong with the energy world and ways to fix it Mr Friedman correctly addresses the energy issues as problematic The best information in this book is his terrorist causing theory He states that Saudi Arabian extremely wealthy oil barrens are responsible for funding Al Qaeda and other anti western terrorist organizations while Americans are paying the salaries of these wealthy Saudi s through high oil prices He argues that when oil prices are low there are far less te This book states what is wrong with the energy world and ways to fix it Mr Friedman correctly addresses the energy issues as problematic The best information in this book is his terrorist causing theory He states that Saudi Arabian extremely wealthy oil barrens are responsible for funding Al Qaeda and other anti western terrorist organizations while Americans are paying the salaries of these wealthy Saudi s through high oil prices He argues that when oil prices are low there are far less terrorist attacks One of his solutions is to tax oil so high that it motivates innovators and industrialists to create cheaper alternatives He is also gives a rousing endorsement to the so called green energy producers such as wind turbine and solar panels to produce electricity Conservation is also part of his grand plan He describes a model country with a complicated power grid where electricity is used only when needed and turned off when not At least he doesn t place total blame on automobile and heating oil for his view of causes for global warming He chronicles deforestation in Indonesia and an increase of population growth which correspondingly increase energy use I agree with him in that we need abundant, clean, reliable and cheap electricity However, I disagree with his assumption that the earth is warming and it is caused by human activity And even if that is the case, he entertains the idea that catastrophic consequences are certain when few others can make that claim If his assumptions were correct this book would be very sad Fortunately global warming movement is one of the largest hoaxes played on mankind in history However, cheap energy will vitalize the economy so the road to cheap energy is a laudable cause

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution –
  • Hardcover
  • 438 pages
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – and How It Can Renew America
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • English
  • 21 June 2018
  • 0374166854