U.S. Falls Behind on Renewable Energy
In a study carried out by Pew Charitable Trusts, it was discovered that, in 2012, China became the world leader in clean energy investment. The United States saw a decline in clean energy investments and technologies that same year. But think about it, how is China not going to grow and advance when all of our dollars are leaving our banks and going to China due to the massive trade deficit?
Russia’s communism during the Cold War didn’t work because we didn’t give them any of our money, yet communism is thriving in China because we are basically funding it.
China is the world’s biggest carbon emitter. When one thinks of China, more often than not, images of overpopulation and pollution — particularly smog-filled, crowded cities — come to mind. Other environmental concerns include toxic metal dumps, ocean reef collapse and more. Burdened with overpopulation, China has turned towards clean energy to help lessen the blow dealt by the environmental challenges.
However, China just added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity, now totaling 23 gigawatts of solar power supply which is 7 times as much as Australia has. Policymakers in China are pushing for ways to combat the nation’s air pollution problem.
Why isn’t the U.S. doing this? Clean energy is beneficial to any country. It is energy produced from renewable resources in a way that does not damage the environment, like solar or wind power. In fact, clean energy investments in the U.S. declined a staggering 37% from 2011. Why the under-performance in clean energy investment?
The reason for our stagnant growth is simple: “free trade.” The Pew study proves that the leading country investing in clean energy has shifted from the United States and Europe, to Asia – with China at the very top!
Our poor economy, damaged because of “free trade,” is limiting U.S. progress in clean energy. China is becoming the new super power faster than we know. The U.S. must resuscitate the manufacturing industry and become competitive once again.
If our politicians continue to selfishly squabble among each other instead of addressing the economic concerns facing our country because of our damaging “free trade” agreements, the United States will fall further and further behind the rest of the world in terms of clean energy and other beneficial technological innovations. Something must be done to restore America’s economic greatness!