The core argument of the book seems to be that the United States is too worried about itself and is constantly overusing, overdoing, and failing in many ways since the "Great Generation." In your eyes, what is the author trying to get at? What is Mr. Friedman's main argument?
In Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution, Thomas Friedman proposes a socioeconomic strategy for how the the United States might position itself within the global economy. He suggests a "green revolution"; that is, an economic shift toward renewable energy and technology.
Friedman argues that trends in globalization, over-population, and climate change will culminate in a radical global economic shift. People will require scaled production of renewable energy and renewable technologies. He predicts that this shift will have a major effect on the balance of power between states.
Friedman argues that whatever state can best meet global production demands for renewable resources will emerge as the next world "superpower." Thus, to secure its dominant position in the world economy, the U.S. must create a national economy based on a "green revolution." In other words, the U.S. economy must begin to radically prioritizes innovation, efficiency, productivity and output in the renewable energy and green technologies sector.