Thomas L. Friedman is coming out with a new book in early September that is titled, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution- and How It Can Renew America.” The author of the bestseller The World is Flat, feels the destabilizing force of climate change coupled with rising competition for energy could poison our world.
“Green is the new red, white, and blue,” Friedman declares, and proposes that an ambitious national strategy–which he calls geo-greenism–is not only what we need to save the planet from overheating, it is what we need to make America healthier, richer, more innovative, more productive, and more secure in the coming E.C.E.–the Energy-Climate Era. Green-oriented practices and technologies, established at scale everywhere from Washington to Wal-Mart, are both the only way to mitigate climate change and the best way for America to “get its groove back”–to “reknit America at home, reconnect America abroad, retool America for the new century, and restore America to its natural place in the global order.”
Friedman has a great handle on the effects of globalization, and speaks with great clarity and premonition. His call for a green New Deal is an exciting idea to put the nation’s economy back on track.