Friedman And The Environment Problem Analysis

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Friedman identifies the following five problems concerning the environment and the general world situation: energy, natural resources supply and demand, petro-dictatorship, climate change, biodiversity loss, and energy poverty (2009, 74). Each of these problems are the direct result of global warming, globalization, and global crowding (Friedman 2009, 74). Furthermore, Friedman uses the previously stated problems to formulate policy proposals and to shed light on America’s misguided policies and their effects on the entire world. To Friedman, America’s actions, and oil addiction, matter not just because they damage our country but also because of America’s role in the world. America serves as a model for industrialization, and so the American embrace of waste and pollution encourages others to follow the same path of growing their economies first and attempting to clean things up later. Therefore, Friedman focuses on specific actions that America should take, which would resonate throughout the world and positive create global change. The energy, natural resources supply and demand is one of Friedman’s major problems because fossil fuel resources are finite and exhaustible and will be increasingly expensive. As …show more content…
The systemic green strategy is devoted to changing the climate system—to avoid the unmanageable and manage the unavoidable (Friedman 2009, 255). Additionally, Friedman seeks to preserve and restore the world’s rapidly depleting ecosystems and break a collective addiction to gasoline with his green strategy (2009, 255). The result would be a Clean Energy System which promotes the production and use of clean energy through integrated systems and incentives aimed at both the consumers and producers of energy (Friedman 2009, 211). The main feature of Friedman’s proposed strategy, which integrates the government, utilities, and consumers, is the Energy Internet (Friedman 2009,

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