Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Book Review: Hot, Flat and Crowded

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America probably should have been titled Hot, Flat, and Crowded: We really need to get our crap together now! I mean this book is really depressing. It should be fairly obvious to everyone at this point that global warming is for real and we need to do something about it. Not next year or next week but right now.

The first half of the book deals with the current state of affairs including how global warming is influencing our daily lives from fuel costs to food. It is a pretty bleak outlook especially since the only way out of it is for our governments to start legislating the correct behaviour into law. Which face it folks probably isn't going to happen as our politicians would lose votes. Unless, we make it know that global warming and the environment are important issues that we care about and they should too.

The second half of the book is as exciting as the first half is bleak. There are tremendous opportunities to innovate our way out of this dilemma we are in and a few of the scenarios Thomas L. Friedman paints sounds like Star Trek but I'd much rather that future to Blade Runner or Mad Max any day.

Now excuse me while I contact Ottawa Solar Power to do a feasibility assessment on my house.

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