As Thomas Friedman explains in his latest book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America,” the world is becoming crowded, thanks to rising population. And the problem is not just that the raw number of people is increasing; it’s that many more are gaining access to an American level of consumerism. This means more pollution and a soaring global demand for energy. The jobs that were once available for all Americans are now being shipped out, and I do not blame companies for shipping them out because the level of education necessary to fulfill these jobs or to create new technology is no longer available or affordable for an average American. We are no longer a nation of researchers, scientists and producers, but consumers.
So what do our leaders come up with? More teacher layoffs. How can we set an example for other countries in new and green technology if we are cutting education?