When the Soviet Union fell, America was the lone superpower left. Yet in the Far East, a Dragon of Sustainable Energy is rising. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the U.S. can’t fall behind China in the Green Energy Race.
I try not to be paranoid about China, but the U.S. has dug itself into a deep hole relying so heavily on petroleum products. China is the world’s biggest polluter right now, but they are quickly transforming themselves into a place where green energy has a home. Speaking to the National Press Club, Chu said it was important that the U.S. does not cut funding to green projects and intiatives lest we fall behind the rest of the world, especially China. He wants us to focus as intently on green energy as we did trying to beat the Soviets to the moon after the launch of their first satellite, Sputnik.
Do we really want to be the last country paying for petroleum when there are an abundance of “free” energy sources all around us, like the wind and sun?
Just look at what China is doing to get ahead. Their initiatives run the gamut from $17 billion to fund electric and alterantive fuel cars to building 4,000 miles of high-speed rail in just five years, the most extensive high-speed rail network in the world. Most of the biggest solar panel companies are now in China (and Germany), and China is even expanding into wind turbines.
Basically, China is trying to outpace the rest of the world and become a leader in green energy at a me when many countries are trying to embrace green energy. They could become a huge supplier of green energy products, taking center stage as the world’s most advance country. Yeah, they’ve got a long way to go, but they have made impressive progress in just ten years. What happens in the next ten years?
It is not in th interests of America to be #2. We are #1 in pretty much everything that matters, and we should want to be the world leaders in clean energy. Alas, our country and Congress is divided right now over exactly what to do next. While our politicians are busy bickering though, the Commies are getting quite a head start.
At what point does that head start turn into an insurmountable lead?
Source: Green Car Advisor
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.