Thomas Friedman talks about Hot, Flat & Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How It Can Renew America.
Friedman explains how global warming, growing populations, and the expansion of the world's middle class have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded."
It is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things - unless the U.S. steps up now and takes the lead-Book Passage
Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which appears twice a week, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflict, international economics, the environment, biodiversity, and energy. He is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem; The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11; The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century; and Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need A Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. His most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, is co-written with Michael Mandelbaum.
Increase in the global average surface temperature resulting from enhancement of the greenhouse effect, primarily by air pollution. In 2007 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasted that by 2100 global average surface temperatures would increase 3.27.2 °F (1.84.0 °C), depending on a range of scenarios for greenhouse gas emissions, and stated that it was now 90 percent certain that most of the warming observed over the previous half century could be attributed to greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities (i.e., industrial processes and transportation). Many scientists predict that such an increase in temperature would cause polar ice caps and mountain glaciers to melt rapidly, significantly raising the levels of coastal waters, and would produce new patterns and extremes of drought and rainfall, seriously disrupting food production in certain regions. Other scientists maintain that such predictions are overstated. The 1992 Earth Summit and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change attempted to address the issue of global warming, but in both cases the efforts were hindered by conflicting national economic agendas and disputes between developed and developing nations over the cost and consequences of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
It's kind of funny that Mr. Friedman asks during his talk for someone to turn down the air conditioning right above him. He's thinking only about himself because he is used to getting what he gets. It seems that if the AC were turned off above him it would have to be cut off for everybody in the room. Other alternatives could have been to move the podium over a little or for him to put on a coat.
This is relevent because the ones who preach Green Revolution are the ones who can handle the monetary cost of it. Mr. Friedman is the same as us when we are feeling cold, but unlike us, he can afford solar panel heat energy while the rest must use coal. He can afford a green car, although he has another, and probably two, gasoline backup cars/SUVs that he can use when he goes where no one will see him.
This is not an attack on Mr. Friedman. My apologies if the editors feel so.
But the Green Revolution is an attack on developing nations. America was able to build its infrastructure and consumption economy precisely in the way that the Green Revolutionists are dictating to others that they can't.
Before you can have a Green revolution you have to develop into one. A Green revolution are for the few.
Can it be that America is fearing its economic power diminishing in the near future with the economic beast of China ready to surpass the USA with 4x the population? How can this juggernaught be held back when 10 USA armies cannot stop it physically?
Welcome the Green revolution. ;-)
I appreciate Thomas Friedman's ability to effectively write about and discuss contemporary issues. While he certainly is prone to over-referencing his own previous works, he describes key phenomenon in the world very well.
As an environmental scientist I can honestly say everyone should be very scared. Please check out 350.org or wecansolveit.org for more info on climate change. Or Audubon Society, GreenPeace, Sierra Club, the Pew Center, etc. etc, etc. Get involved and use your voices any way you can to catch the ear of the new administration. Also, please push for the President to attend the upcoming climate change conference in Poland. What good for the environment is good for America. Thanks from Western PA.