Hot, Flat, and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

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Friedman, Thomas L. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008 Audio summary available
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Global warming, the rise of the middle class and rapid population growth are making the world hot, flat and crowded. In Hot, Flat, and Crowded, author Thomas Friedman explains that these challenges threaten our way of life, but America has been unwilling to do much about it. Despite this, the energy, climate and biodiversity challenges the world faces are an opportunity for America. In the past, Americans have responded to challenges such as the Great Depression and the Cold War with leadership and innovation. Friedman proposes that America adopt a “Code Green” and transform itself into an innovator in clean power and energy-efficiency systems and a nation that values conservation of the natural world. This would give America a competitive edge by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and establishing us as a leader in the next big industry.