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

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Describes global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that threatens to become dangerously unstable.

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By Thomas L. Friedman

In this brilliant, essential book, Thomas Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of the biggest challenges Americans face today:

  1. America’s loss of focus and national purpose since 9/11.
  2. The global environmental crisis, affects everything from food to fuel to forests.
The book describes how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is “hot, flat, and crowded.” Already the earth 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 United States steps up now and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation that Friedman calls Code Green.

The green revolution we need, according to Friedman, is like no revolution the world has seen. It will be the biggest innovation project in American history; it will be hard, not easy; and it will change everything from what you put into your car to what you see on your electric bill.

But the payoff for America will be more than just cleaner air. It will inspire Americans to something we haven’t seen in a long time – nation-building in America – by summoning the intelligence, creativity, boldness, and concern for the common good that are our nation’s greatest natural resources.

 
528 pages. Softcover. November 2009.

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