We have been hearing a lot about the challenge presented by and progress being made in China. Something that many people do not know is their commitment to the long-term development of clean energy. They are embarrassed about the world's view of the environmental situation in their country as shown in the air quality during last year's Olympics. They have also realized the political risks of building an economy on oil produced in the volatile Middle East. In 1986, they made a commitment to the development of a new technological revolution. Many compare it to the commitment this country made to getting people to the moon in the 60's.
We are starting to see the results of this commitment. The best wind power technology in the world comes from China, they are at the forefront of the next generation of nuclear power generation, and they have made a long term commitment to academic research. Sounds like a formidable competitor doesn't it? It also reminds us of America in a different time doesn't it?
Read more, article: Green Giant via The New Yorker.