The Dernogalizer

July 5, 2009

Friedman Right on China

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 1:25 pm
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I recently wrote about how ridiculously fast China is deploying renewable energy.  We now risk falling behind China in the race for which country will dominate the clean energy economy.  Tom Friedman of the NY Times has a column out today which makes that very argument.  Excerpts below.

“Yes, you might think that China is only interested in polluting its way to prosperity. That was once true, but it isn’t anymore. China is increasingly finding that it has to go greenout of necessity because in too many places, its people can’t breathe, fish, swim, drive or even see because of pollution and climate change. Well, there is one thing we know about necessity: it is the mother of invention.”

““China is moving,” says Hal Harvey, the chief executive of ClimateWorks, which shares clean energy ideas around the world. “They want to be leaders in green technology. China has already adopted the most aggressive energy efficiency program in the world. It is committed to reducing the energy intensity of its economy — energy used per dollar of goods produced — by 20 percent in five years. They are doing this by implementing fuel efficiency standards for cars that far exceed our own and by going after their top thousand industries with very aggressive efficiency targets. And they have the most aggressive renewable energy deployment in the world, for wind, solar and nuclear, and are already beating their targets.”

“Health care and the energy/climate bill go together. We need both now. Imagine how poor we would be today if U.S. firms did not dominate the top 10 Internet companies. Well, if we don’t dominate the top 10 E.T. rankings, there is no way we are going to be able to afford decent health care for every American. No way.”


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    Pingback by Friedman Right on China | — July 5, 2009 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah well, if I had the chance, I would still gobsmack him with a pie in the face.

    But every now and then the clock that perpetually strikes noon is correct. That, and climate change. Ding Dong.

    Comment by Gail Zawacki — July 5, 2009 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

    • Ouch lol no love for Friedman eh? By the way nice 4th of July pictures on your site.

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — July 5, 2009 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

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