Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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China -

There is an excellent article in the New Yorker this week on China.  It is by Evan Osnos and you can check it out at:

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/

China is aware of dealing with the problem of energy, not just aware. They are dealing with the problem of energy.

"In April of 1977, President Jimmy Carter warned that the hunt for new energy sources, triggered by the second Arab oil embargo, would be the "moral equivalent of war."  He nearly quadrupled public investment in energy research, and by the mid-nineteenth-eighties the U.S. was the unchallenged leader in clean technology, manufacturing more than fifty per cent of the world's solar cells and installing ninety per cent of the wind power."  And then came Reagan who stopped it all.  We know that Bush was uninterested, and so now there is Obama.

"The Obama administration is busy repairing the energy legacy of its predecessor," and the author explains how.

In China, electric bicycles are popular.  The people assume they are also popular here, since we speak as though we are environmentally aware.  The author of the article explains to a baffled Chinese man that in the U.S. "bikes are used for exercise, not transportation." 

Perhaps that says it all.

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