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Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution- and How It Can Renew America

The World is Flat opened our eyes to the rise of technologies like high-speed Internet and the knocking down of barriers both literal (the Berlin Wall) and figurative (the opening of China's economy to free trade). As Friedman notes new technologies, political paradigm ...
The World is Flat opened our eyes to the rise of technologies like high-speed Internet and the knocking down of barriers both literal (the Berlin Wall) and figurative (the opening of China's economy to free trade). As Friedman notes new technologies, political paradigm shifts and, more importantly, innovative individuals at the helms of startups have leveled the playing field in the global economy. Now things are getting worse, and the clock is ticking. Americans have squandered most of the goodwill extended since 9/11, writes Friedman, and in the years of the Bush administration no thought has been given to what 9/12 is supposed to look like. The climate is changing, but the administration has spent most of its tenure denying it and insisting on a particularist view that we deserve to be profligate because we're Americans. Our political blindness and ignorance vis-a-vis other nations now butts up against the world's instability and, Friedman continues, 'the convergence of hot, flat, and crowded is tightening energy supplies, intensifying the extinction of plants and animals, deepening energy poverty, strengthening petrodictatorship, and accelerating climate change.'

posted by Anonymous on September 10, 2008

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18 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

This guy lives in a 114,000!!! square feet mansion and gives us lessons!

This guys is what one can call a total fake, he lives in an obscene huge mansion, Not green, he is a lobbyist for the GOP and AIPAC, he promoted the war in Iraq, justifies war crimes all over the world, drives a NON green car, and all he does in this book is propaganda ...
This guys is what one can call a total fake, he lives in an obscene huge mansion, Not green, he is a lobbyist for the GOP and AIPAC, he promoted the war in Iraq, justifies war crimes all over the world, drives a NON green car, and all he does in this book is propaganda things that he does not practice at all!
Matt Taibbi wrote and article, google it talking how this guy has become a converted "green" guy but yet his actions are nowhere to be seen, Besides this his own wife is the owner of thousands of Malls around the globe and the US, super polluting machines! And they destroyed pristine lands in order to build more malls just last year, this guy is using green as a money making machine! shame on him he should eat less as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2008

    Stick to what you know

    Friedman is knowledgeable about the middle east and should stick to that subject. When he ventures 'off the farm' to energy and politics his bias and hatred of George Bush colors his judgement and he becomes a 'raving preacher of doom'.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Grinds on you

    I got it after the first few chapters. I find it insulting when any author say if you don't do something a certain way you must be either not 'enlightened' or 'uninformed'. And his pure science leaves something to be desired. When he states that the measurement of CO2 in the air has incresed every year since 1750, one has to wonder how they measured CO2 in 1750 ...or 1850...or 1950. And when they give reasons on why the planet is getting hotter, they convienently leave out that the sun is going thru a stage of getting hotter (sunspot activity)--but is now getting cooler. Hmmm, I wonder why they left out the fact that China just went thru 2 of its coldest winters on record. Does anybody take into consideration that instumentation is much more precise than it was a hundred hears ago. Just forty years ago you measured tempurature by 'looking ' at a thrmometer--no digital. Garbage!

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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