Thomas L. Friedman. Hot, Flat, and Crowded.
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Subject:||Books (Book reviews)|
|Publication:||Name: Pakistan Development Review Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, international; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproduced with permission of the Publications Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economies, Islamabad, Pakistan. ISSN: 0030-9729|
|Issue:||Date: Summer, 2010 Source Volume: 49 Source Issue: 2|
|Topic:||NamedWork: Hot, Flat, and Crowded (Nonfiction work)|
|Persons:||Reviewee: Friedman, Thomas L.|
Thomas L. Friedman. Hot, Flat, and Crowded. London: Penguin Books
Ltd. 2009.516 pages. UK 10.99 [pounds sterling].
Thomas Friedman thoroughly reviews the energy and pollution issues that the world is faced with in the 'Hot, Flat and Crowded'. He argues that now we must accept that the conventional energy resources like oil, gas and coal will never be cheap again. That the wasteful and polluting technologies have in many ways adversely affected the earth and therefore these technologies should not be tolerated any more.
Friedman contends that the global warming, the population bulge and the expanded middle class which is fond of consumerism, has turned our green globe into a "hot, flat, and crowded" place. The fact that global demand for energy has scaled new heights is dangerous not only because of greater emission of carbon dioxide but also due the harm being caused to biodiversity.
The author feels that the current efforts to tackle environmental issues are inadequate and more coordinated and systematic work is required on this front. He suggests that the United States being the world leading consumer of energy should take the lead m making the world cleaner. Adoption of clean energy should not only be taken as a challenge but also as a great opportunity to heal the earth, renew America and bring about a green revolution around the globe. Friedman believes that proposed green revolution would be the biggest one the world has ever seen and this will change the vista of the globe altogether. The new Clean Energy System--solar, wind and nuclear energy, would generate a positive impact of immense magnitude on the environment, contends the author.
The final chapter of the book, perhaps the most interesting one, is focused on the technologies that world will be using after that green revolution. The author believes that in a post green revolution era the world will be flooded with smaller power generating vehicles and its accessories and the power companies will buy energy only from cleaner and cheaper sources. Friedman says that this will result in an entirely new regime of price signals, taxes and incentives. The new regime will also help keep fossil fuels cheap and the renewables expensive and hence elusive.
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