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Friedman: China Is Laughing At Us
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The latest from Thomas Friedman in the New York Times:

Of the festivals of nonsense that periodically overtake American politics, surely the silliest is the argument that because Washington is having a particularly snowy winter it proves that climate change is a hoax and, therefore, we need not bother with all this girly-man stuff like renewable energy, solar panels and carbon taxes. Just drill, baby, drill.

Friedman's answer to climate change, as usual, is green tech, and also as usual he sees China and India way ahead of the United States. These countries "get it":

It is obviously going to be the next great global industry.

China, of course, understands that, which is why it is investing heavily in clean-tech, efficiency and high-speed rail. It sees the future trends and is betting on them. Indeed, I suspect China is quietly laughing at us right now.

I'm not so sure China is laughing at the U.S. over a comparative lack of gusto over green tech development. However, I would guess that China is amused that U.S. politicians, charged with coming up to solutions to energy problems, believe (or are pretending to believe) that a few snowstorms can be used to refute climate change theory.

Every once in a while, I begin to see the advantages of China's preference for leaders with engineering and economics degrees.

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