Monday, February 1, 2010

China blew us away in clean energy tech investment during 2009.

Everyboy's favorite conservative Senator from South Carolina would like everybody to know that, if you're not for pricing carbon, you're clearly not serious about energy independence, if not missing the energy boat altogether.
“To jump-start nuclear power, wind and solar and the green economy, you’ve got to price carbon,” [Lindsey] Graham told reporters today. “How you do it is subject to discussion and open debate. But the idea of not pricing carbon, in my view, means you’re not serious about energy independence. The odd thing is you’ll never have energy independence until you clean up the air, and you’ll never clean up the air until you price carbon.”
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If we keep listening to the anti-science conservatives who reject any strategy to price carbon pollution, then, as the top pro-science conservative has said, we have no chance of achieving energy independence, no chance of achieving cleaner air, no chance of achieving a livable climate and no chance of achieving a significant share of the 20 million clean energy jobs that are likely to be created by 2030. Climate Progress debates the Heritage Foundation on clean energy and climate policy
It should be very clear to any attentive, intelligent red & blue blooded American, or multi-flagged European, that China is dead serious about building the biggest & brightest clean energy tech economic engine of this century.
To top officials and business executives here at the World Economic Forum, Topic A this year was the race to develop greener, cleaner technology, which is emerging as one of the critical factors in reshaping the world economy as emerging powers snap at the heels of battered Western economies.
It is a battle for potentially millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in export revenues. The outcome — which pits a venture capital-driven market approach relying on government subsides against a top-down system of state capitalism — has the potential to influence how economic and political systems evolve.
“Six months ago my biggest worry was that an emissions deal would make American business less competitive compared to China,” said Senator Lindsay Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has been deeply involved in climate change issues in Congress. “Now my concern is that every day that we delay trying to find a price for carbon is a day that China uses to dominate the green economy. China has made a long-term strategic decision and they are going gang-busters.”
In China, the government poured an estimated $440 billion into clean energy last year. Race Is on to Develop Green, Clean Technology
How much did we?

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