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China Is Beating the Pants Off the U.S. in Clean Energy

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Posted on Mar 25, 2010
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China invested nearly twice as much money—$34.6 billion—in clean energy projects in 2009 as the United States. The ecological impact of China’s economic boom could be a factor, but so could the profits and jobs expected to flourish in this nascent industry.

In relative terms, smaller countries also outperformed the U.S.

The Guardian:

The Pew report said those countries with strong, national policies aimed at reducing global warming and encouraging the use of renewable energy—including the UK, Germany and Spain—had succeeded in establishing stronger competitive positions in the clean energy economy.

“Nations seeking to compete effectively for clean energy jobs and manufacturing would do well to evaluate the array of policy mechanisms that can be employed to stimulate clean energy investment,” the report stated. “This is especially true for policymakers in the United States, which is at risk of falling further behind its G20 competitors in the coming years absent adoption of a strong national policy framework to spur more robust clean energy investment.”

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By applehepzi, March 27, 2010 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

Oh….It seems to be very funny article.Good to hear about this new.Thanks for the post.

Well done!
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By diman, March 26, 2010 at 10:27 am Link to this comment

Hate to piss on your parade, but there is no such thing as “green energy” in the oil-based economy of our miserable world. I don’t know where did you people get the idea that by installing wind-harvesting facilities and building hybrid cars, in every tire of which there are still 7 gallons of oil and which interior plastics and exterior paint contains oil-derived materials, you are going to change and even reverse the process of climate change. Another arrogant human attempt to try and save the planet, we don’t give a shit about people but we are going to save the planet all right.

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By grumpynyker, March 26, 2010 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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Look, if Barry hadn’t cast out Van Jones as a green
jobs(environment versus money) advisor, urban and rural
areas could have been revitalized by providing
jobs/businesses to young black males installing solar
panels on buildings,constructing high speed rail
trains/depots,building wind farms, etc.  But no, Van is
expelled while that vile scumbag Rahm Emmanuel is kept.

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By stcfarms, March 26, 2010 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

You are right about the military/industrial complex having jobs. Locally we
produce guns and grain, business is booming…

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By beeline, March 26, 2010 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

Its not a sprint, its a marathon, or at least a middle distance race. The US will surely invest more heavily as time goes on.

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By samosamo, March 25, 2010 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, but just think of all the billions maybe even trillions that
america invests in foreign imperial wars that keeps the weapons
and munitions industry so robust in the flagging american
economy.

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By stcfarms, March 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Obama and congress threw away trillions of dollars bailing out bankers, car
companies and insurance companies. If this money had been used to build
windmills and solar arrays we would now have clean, cheap energy. The
politicians do not work for us, they work for the corporations.

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By gerard, March 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm Link to this comment

Gonna have to speak to these reactionary religious fanatics and the oil, coal and nuclear kings who deny global warming and nuclear dangers, and persuade them to allow this country to get on with wind and solar energy production and use.  Seems we are getting farther and farther behind.

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By msgmi, March 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment
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Green power provides jobs and a clean environment. The Chinese think Confucious, while the West is in confusion.

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By Big B, March 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

Why shouldn’t the chinese be ahead of us in this too, everyone else is.

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