Hey USA! Let's win the 'Clean Energy Race!'
Source: Scott Mandia, professor of meteorology and climatology at Suffolk County Community College, New York.
Notes: Expanded text from an e-mail from Scott Mandia:
It's the Olypmics and the event is the Clean Energy Race. The US track team has always own the big events before and appears to be in the best shape to win again.
Landing on the moon was a big challenge and we did that!
Fixing the ozone hole was a big problem and we did that!
Solving acid rain was a big problem and we did that!
However, after the starting gun fired, the American runner is just jogging while China, India, and others are sprinting. Don't you want the American to win? There is still time for her to step it up but the window of opportunity is getting shorter every year because she is falling farther and farther behind.
America is great because when we are faced with a challenge and threat, we collectively take action and we usually do quite well. The energy revolution is akin to the Internet revolution. I want America to take the lead. If we do, we create jobs, we sell products to China instead of buying them, we have cleaner air and water, greater national security, and the energy savings put money directly into our pockets.
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June 24, 2012
Here are a couple of articles from The Guardian.
It notes that in 2012 China will spend $27 billion on energy conservation, emission reductions and renewable energy. Their goal is to reduce emissions by 40-45% by 2020, compared with 2003 levels and aims to boost its use of renewable energy to 15% of overall energy consumption.
This article (http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/mar/25/china-renewable-energy-pew-research) quotes data that shows China invested almost twice as much as the United States in clean energy during 2009. There is probably more up to data facts/figures somewhere too.