Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman. This is a book filled with lots of information about climate-change, globalization and over-consumption, in fact much of it is repeated over and over again, couched in Friedman’s catch phrases. His suggestion that we need to create a “green revolution” based on clean energy and world wide innovation is a good one. We are trashing the planet and everything on it.
I don’t really like Friedman, I find his writing arrogant and pretentious. The only book of his I’ve liked was From Beirut to Jerusalem. That said “Hot, Flat and Crowded” is a great book because lots of people who do like Friedman or read him because he’s Pulitzer prize winning NY Times columnist will read it. Maybe they will learn something.
There was nothing new for me here, lots of folks over 50 have known this stuff for decades. Read The Earth in Balance, Overshoot or The End of Nature. We’ve recycled our trash, changed our cleaning products and maybe even changed our “life-style”. The painful thing is that nothing significant on a national, or international level, has been done about any of it, even though we have had some of the technologies that would help slow down or stop global warming by getting us off our fossil fuels. Watch “Who killed the electric car?.” Why is this so? Because there was so much money to be made by continuing to use fossil fuels, as well as selling our American Way Of Life to the rest of the world. Maybe “Hot, Flat and Crowded” will have an impact on the people and institutions that can change things. We can only hope so.