Caught with Our Pants Down? Is America Behind Other Nations in the Global Green and Clean Energy Competition?

Apparently so.

Two energy observers in the San Francisco Chronicle cite alarming statistics:

As Congress debates climate and energy legislation, Asian challengers are moving rapidly to win the clean-energy race. China alone is reportedly investing $440 billion to $660 billion in its clean-energy industries over 10 years. South Korea is investing a full 2 percent of its gross domestic product in a Green New Deal. And Japan is redoubling incentives for solar, aiming for a 20-fold expansion in installed solar energy by 2020.

And what are we, the United States, doing in comparison? Diddley squat :

In contrast, the United States would invest only about $1.2 billion annually in energy research and development and roughly $10 billion in the clean energy sector as a whole under the Waxman-Markey bill – less than 0.1 percent of U.S. GDP. A group of 34 Nobel laureates recently wrote a letter to President Obama decrying the lack of investment and calling on him to uphold his promise to invest $15 billion annually in clean-energy R&D.

It’s time for the vision thing.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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