Summary: Hot, Flat and Crowded: Review and Analysis of Friedmans Book
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Friedman uses his experience and analytical eye as a foreign affairs columnist with The New York Times to further examine the political impact of the Wests love affair with Middle Eastern oil. He uses this analysis to draw correlations between oil markets and the democracy of oil-producing countries. He describes how a hotter, more crowded world with a more level playing field has combined to create a system where American-style appetites for energy continue to grow worldwide, threatening biodiversity and the development for new, cleaner energy technologies.
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Americas place in the worlds environmental landscape is one of leadership, but not in a good way. Were resource hoggers and gas guzzlers, coal shovelers and oil junkies. While we remain firmly entrenched as the worlds economic, political, scientific, and engineering leader, Americas moral and ethical absence of a strong and coherent environmental policy threatens that dominance. In a fluid world where innovation is at a shortage, America finds itself lacking. Americans talk about going Green but refuse to live it. In a world where growing populations strive to emulate the plush middle-class lifestyles Americans now take for granted, we continue to serve as a bad example in the areas of consumption and conservation.
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The Information Revolution and World Politics. I think of this anytime I use this word. Friedman argues that what we need, as a nation, to lead the world in a systemic change in our energy policy. For example, the image that has stuck with me is how he explains C02 emissions: For every mile you go, imagine that you are throwing a bag of trash out the window. That is your C When you think of it that way, it does make you want to re-evaluate your habits. How will we supply the energy needs for a world that is becoming hot, flat, and crowded in such a way that we do not further damage a planet that is in many ways already irreparable?
Friedman is not some tree-hugging sissy about it. What he is saying is that whichever nation can take the lead on clean energy for the Energy Climate Era will become the most profitable nation in the world, and help to save the world as well. Read it, read it, read it! May 20, Theresa Leone Davidson rated it it was amazing. I'm not sure why I read books like this as they are scarier than any horror novel, and if I'd ever wanted children, I sure could NOT read them, as the future for the world's children is, indeed, a bleak one.
Friedman makes the argument that species loss, deforestation, economic growth around the world, energy use, petropolitics, and global warming are all interconnected, and while he lays down in very specific terms a way we can deal with it all, the backbone it will take for the world's leaders I'm not sure why I read books like this as they are scarier than any horror novel, and if I'd ever wanted children, I sure could NOT read them, as the future for the world's children is, indeed, a bleak one. Friedman makes the argument that species loss, deforestation, economic growth around the world, energy use, petropolitics, and global warming are all interconnected, and while he lays down in very specific terms a way we can deal with it all, the backbone it will take for the world's leaders to do so seems in woefully short supply.
And I had made this comment after reading HOT: The deniers, or those who just don't care, are not reading books like this, though they're the ones who need to read them. Nevertheless, I like Friedman's writing: Dec 23, Crank rated it really liked it. Tom Friedman applies his knowledge of the IT revolution and Middle Eastern petropolitics to the emerging world of cleantech, or, as he likes to call it, Energy Technology ET. If you've been reading his columns since "The World is Flat" there isn't much new here, but he does synthesize it all very well.
Each chapter is like a very long, well-reasoned op-ed, full of name dropping, matter-of-fact observation and trend spotting, which can really be read in any order. Sep 17, Preston Kutney rated it it was amazing Shelves: I didn't agree with everything in this book, however I think it is an excellent, engaging primer for a lot of important issues facing the country. I think that every informed person should read this book or at least be familiar with topics such as energy independence, alternative energy sources and environmental leadership and innovation, which are covered in this book.
Apr 18, Warren Benton rated it it was amazing Shelves: America's oil addiction is funding extreme Islamist. But we do not seem to care as long as when can still buy large trucks to drive to the grocery store in. We could most likely name the 3 American Idol judges and not be able to name any American scientist.
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Pop-science is shunned upon So Scientist stay away from becoming popular. This winter I had to cut my America's oil addiction is funding extreme Islamist. You can't protect it. There is too much money to be made tearing it down Petro-Dictatorship was something discussed in detail in the book. When you have oil as a natural resource it usually does not promote innovation, equal rights, or really any creative thinking. Someone makes a lot of money and then holds the rest of the population back. If the Government steps in and ups regulations it requires companies to adapt or die.
It can knock out weaker competitors. So if companies would start now on great more efficient technology, they would way ahead of the competition in years to come. This book is in the top 8 best books I have ever read. You would think it was all about stopping global warming by stopping gas-filled cars. This is only part of the point of the book.
The main point of the book finding renewable energy. Energy is something we will always need. But how can we make energy more efficient, more sustainable, and more green. How do we make the production and distribution of energy cleaner and the most efficient it can be? One thing that America has more of than most countries is an Engage citizen so a point the Friedman makes is that you would think Conservatives would be the ones wanting to conserve the environment.
But it is always viewed as a liberal idea to want to save the environment. This should be a human selling point. We don't want to use up all our resources now and have nothing for our grandkids. Oct 13, S. Some believe that the danger of climate-change is real and imminent. It threatens to create havoc to mankind and all natural world. They try to paint such gory and dystopian future that intimidates even the strongest of people. Friedman is one of them. He devotes odd pages with plethora of data talking about the cause, effect and potential solution to the climate change issues.
He harps on repeatedly how in our globalized world flat at a time when the population is spilling over i Some believe that the danger of climate-change is real and imminent. He harps on repeatedly how in our globalized world flat at a time when the population is spilling over in large concentrated places crowded the natural resources are being exploited in a non-sustainable way causing unprecedented global warming Hot. He also understands it is not the small acts of going-green essential but not enough , but real large scale innovation when the sustainable energy cost would be lesser than that from oil and coal and political will leadership from countries and corporates would be essential to tackle the problem.
Charity begins at home. Hence he calls out his fellow Americans to elect the right leadership that understands the threat and work towards its resolution collectively with other global leaders. That was in Thankfully, 8 years later, America rejected his words and his boring on-and-on-and-on exasperating exaggeration and elected this genius. The super-intelligent, super-smart, super-everything Donald J Trump. His brilliant mind could see through the conspiracy of Chinese manufactures to hurt the American Industry in the name of a hoax called Global Warming.
Global warming is as big a myth as is world hunger. If not, how come it is so cold in here and how come we had a 5 course breakfast today morning, he and his intellectual friends argue. He exposed the hypocrisy of all the scientific community paid by the liberals Libtards, if you will. He immediately withdrew from Paris Agreement and gave more power to American coal and fossil fuel industry.
Finally, he gave voice to those forgotten voices — the American capitalists. Long live Trump, the savior, the messiah. The world as we know it will end soon. But the legacy of Trump will remain. Jul 03, Jennifer Baldy rated it really liked it. Excellent points in this book. I wish I'd read it when it first came out.
Many predictions coming to pass now, proving these situations were avoidable. I feel unable to do much about it other than vote for policy makers that will take these points to heart, and I hope as many as possible government officials read this book. I recommend reading text, rather than audio as I did. I would have absorbed some of the intricacies better in that form.
I'd have given 5 stars if it had held my attention Excellent points in this book. I'd have given 5 stars if it had held my attention better, but some of that might have been due to the time of day I was listening. Jun 21, Tomi Shmaisani rated it it was amazing. Really great book on climate change and what can be done about it. This is also probably a little dated now, but Friedman has a knack for explaining things in layman's terms. May 21, Shrimp rated it liked it Shelves: Listened to this audiobook after my month old son grabbed it off the shelf.
He has yielded some good finds haha. Overall, I enjoyed it. I found Friedman repetitive at times but it seemed to lessen as the book progressed. Global warming has always been of interest to me, although superficially, and I appreciated consuming something that discussed it comprehensively. The book has energized me to get a better sense of the policies being enacted across the globe as this book is nearly 9 years o Listened to this audiobook after my month old son grabbed it off the shelf. The book has energized me to get a better sense of the policies being enacted across the globe as this book is nearly 9 years old.
And to quit being lazy and do my part. My children deserve it. Feb 16, Matt rated it it was amazing. It is an excellent book and is an eye opener when it comes to environmental and conservation issues. Friedman's concept of a flat world comes from his last book The World is Flat which explores how the technological age has leveled the playing field for industry and competition across international borders. This book explores how the world is moving towards more of a monoculture when it comes to consumption of energy.
One of his main points is that if everyone in the world aspires to a western standard of living and consumption which most do and uses the same energy platforms that we currently employ which most do then we will very quickly destroy the world around us especially as the world population continues to grow. Not only that, but the political and economic consequences of our actions are staggering. Friedman makes a case that in order to be patriotic Americans we need to seek cleaner renewable energies and sustainable lifestyles that will not export large sums of cash to dictators and tyrannical regimes around the world often the same places whose worldviews entirely contradict democratic governments and human rights.
Here are two brief excerpts explaining his theory. I couldn't help asking myself: The first Gulf state that runs out of oil is also the first to explore all these political and economic reforms? Also, when I looked across the Arab world, and saw a popular democracy movement in Lebanon evicting Syria's occupying army, I couldn't help saying to myself: Petrolist countries are forced to move toward a politics and a society that is more transparent, more sensitive to opposition voices, more open to a broad set of interactions with the outside world, and more focused on building legal and educational structures that will maximize the ability of their citizens men and women to compete, start new companies, and attract investments from abroad.
And, naturally, the lower the price of crude oil falls, the more petrolist leaders are sensitive to what outsiders think of them. It seems like the has never been a more important time than now to invest in alternative forms of energy in our own home states and home countries. The more we invest in infrastructures at home that provide us with clean and renewable energy the less money we will see pour out of our own economies into the pockets of the oil producing countries around the world. One of the other main things Friedman highlights in his book is China and their race to beat the rest of the world to green energy.
This is not a trivial matter. As we look at companies that invest in green technology like Texas Instruments and Sun Microsystems they are not always pursuing green technology purely out of environmental motives, but they often have huge payoffs in cutting costs as the become more energy efficient.
China is racing towards this full steam and the question is, "Are we? It appears that whatever country is the first to come up with the best sustainable and renewable energy platform will be the worlds next super power. Maybe it is time for someone else to pick up that mantle, or maybe it is time for us to invest wisely in our future. Jul 10, Adriaan Jansen rated it liked it Shelves: They are decisions about who we are, what we value, what kind of world we want to live in, and how we want to be remembered'' John Dernbach on page Hot, Flat and Crowded is a book full of good ideas, important information and interesting stories.
All this would probably have resulted in a great book, had it not been for Fried ''The decisions [we] make about sustainable development are not technical decisions about peripheral matters, and they are not simply decisions about the environment. All this would probably have resulted in a great book, had it not been for Friedman's writing style.
What I don't understand is why Friedman decided to use a style that is perhaps appropriate for someone writing for his high school newspaper. I think the subject of this book deserved a more mature style, and I felt that Friedman's writing occasionally diminished the importance of what he had to say. The title, Hot, Flat and Crowded, refers to the combination of global warming Hot , globalisation Flat and rapid population growth Crowded.
Friedman points out that as the world becomes flatter, more and more people are entering the middle class, not only in developed countries, but increasingly in developing countries as well. Of course, this is good news, as it is an indication that all over the world people are escaping poverty. However, all these people entering the middle class all over the world are likely to adopt middle class consumption patterns based on fossil fuels and resource depletion.
An obvious question presents itself: Not really, of course. All that consumption of fossil fuels causes more global warming and the resulting climate change. Friedman argues that there are 5 key problems in this ''Hot-Flat-Crowded'' world: Energy supply and demand: The growing demand by a continually growing world population for ever scarcer energy supplies and natural resources. The massive transfer of wealth to oil-rich countries and their petrodictators.
Many of the world's most vulnerable people have no access to energy at all. This lack of access to energy is an often insurmountable poverty trap. Plants and animals are going extinct at record rates. Friedman recognises that the challenges of globalisation, climate change and rapid population growth are not solved by providing partial solutions to the many issues at hand. Similar to Jeffrey Sachs, who in the Age of Sustainable Development argues for a holistic approach, Friedman proposes that we move beyond the individual issues and that we need to develop ''a systematic approach that can marry global growth and biodiversity protection'' pag That systematic approach should be based on 3 pillars, which Friedman calls ''Code Green'': Conservation of the natural environment.
In order to get to a world economy that is based on clean energy, energy efficiency and conservation, we need a drastic change of system. Some easy changes around the edges of our current system, based on fossil fuels and thoughtless resource consumption, won't be sufficient. Continuing with business as usual which Friedman calls ''the Dirty Fuels System'' is not an option. This is a systems problem, and the only answer is a new system'' pag Utilities will have a crucial role in this new system. Friedman goes into much detail on how utilities work today, and how they should work in the future.
In summary, utilities should change their objectives. Today utilities earn more if their customers consume more. In a new system the utilities should earn more if their customers save more energy. The business model has to change, and utilities should move from maximizing supply to maximizing energy efficiency. One of the many things I liked about the book is that it exposes the nonsense of all the books and websites and superficial gurus who claim that it is easy to go green. The transition to a new system won't be easy. It will be hard: If we sum up the easy, cost-effective, eco-efficiency measures we should all embrace, the best we get is a slowing of the growth of environmental damage Obsessing over recycling and installing a few special light bulbs won't cut it.
We need to be looking at fundamental change in our energy, transportation and agricultural systems rather than technological tweaking on the margins, and this means changes and costs that our current and would-be leaders seem afraid to discuss'' Michael Maniates on pag Friedman describes in detail what living in the new system would look like. It is a world of smart houses, smart buildings, smart transportation and smart energy grids.
In order to get to such a new system, we will need innovation in 2 areas: We need an ecosystem of innovation to drive both these types of innovation. A crucial part of such an ecosystem of innovation is a free market with the right incentives and disincentives. Friedman is clearly not in favour of a completely unfettered laissez-faire free market.
In fact, he proposes 2 tools for stimulating both innovation to improve existing technologies and to invent new technologies: Examples are taxes on gasoline and CO2 emissions, price floors for gasoline a minimum price so that fluctuations in the price of fossil fuels won't make clean energy alternatives unviable and cap-and-trade regimes. Examples are mandates for fuel efficiency for cars, for energy efficiency for appliances and buildings, for the amount of clean energy that utilities have to purchase.
Many will argue that such price signals and regulations are bad for business. In fact, the contrary may be true: If business see these government interventions in the free market not as obstacles, but as incentives and an obligation to do better and to innovate more, then they can get a competitive edge.
This is basically the Porter hypothesis: As a result, domestic businesses may attain a superior competitive position in the international marketplace, and industrial productivity may improve as well'' Michael Porter, pag It can be argued that proof of the Porter Hypothesis is given by California. That state is an example of the success of regulations that aim for a more sustainable world: This is due in large part to state policies encouraging the use of natural gas and renewable resources over coal, as well as the aggressive promotion of energy efficiency.
The state's per capita emissions have dropped nearly one-third since , while the nation's per capita emissions have stayed flat Hot, Flat and Crowded was published in September Nine years later, when I re-read it, many of the issues raised in this book are still relevant. It seems obvious that not sufficient progress has been made in the last decade. Why is this the case?
Friedman gives some explanations on why we don't seem able to move forward in a more forceful way on sustainability issues. One reason is structural denial of climate change. Friedman mentions 3 types of climate change deniers: A fourth type of climate change denier, not mentioned explicitly by Friedman, is the conspiracy theorist. According to these people, climate change is a hoax, an invention by America's opponents China, the rest of the world, etc.
It is too bad Friedman doesn't address this group, and in general, why climate change denial seems so much more widespread in the US than in the rest of the world. A second reason why insufficient progress has been made on climate change is political gridlock in Washington.
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This of course overlaps with the third type of climate change denier listed above. If Friedman was already worried about this in , he would probably be appalled by the level of gridlock during the decade that followed the publication of his book. The question is, how much longer can America afford to maintain this seemingly continuous gridlock? The strong and competitive sectors of our economy are as strong and competitive as any in the world.
The danger is that the paralysis of the American political system — its inability to tackle any big multi generational problems anymore — will just very slowly erode our strengths and assets as a society. We will slowly choke off immigration, slowly give up on our commitment to free trade, slowly allow budgets for research and science to decline, slowly let our public schools slide into mediocrity, and only slowly face up to our energy challenge''.
Things will just go along, and go along — until they don't anymore, until we wake up one day and look around and find that as a country we really have fallen behind''. This constant gridlock is not only hurting the US, but also the entire world.
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Friedman proposes bottom-up and local initiatives to fight it. Unfortunately, so far, that has not proven to be enough. What can be done? Hot, Flat and Crowded doesn't offer a solution. Perhaps material for another book. Should Friedman decide to write that book, then hopefully he will chose a style that is more in line with the severity of our challenges ahead. Videos About This Book. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
He is the son of Harold and Marga Thomas L. He is the son of Harold and Margaret Friedman. He has two older sisters, Shelley and Jane. It carried Peter Lisagor. He was a favorite columnist of mine. I used to grab the paper from the front step and read it on the living room floor. First was to broaden the definition of foreign affairs and explore the impacts on international relations of finance, globalization, environmentalism, biodiversity, and technology, as well as covering conventional issues like conflict, traditional diplomacy, and arms control.
Second, I tried to write in a way that would be accessible to the general reader and bring a broader audience into the foreign policy conversation—beyond the usual State Department policy wonks. It was somewhat controversial at the time.