Why China, and not the US, is the leader in solar power | USA | Al Jazeera

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What America is against is an articulated, thoughtful, deliberate industrial policy.

When Jimmy Carter was elected president, there was an oil crisis going on. He installed solar panels at the White House and asked for a billion dollar investment in solar power research. He was wrong that the world would soon run out of oil. But he was right that about one-third of America’s trade deficit was in imported oil, that more wars would be fought for it and that the future was solar.

When Ronald Reagan came into office, he got rid of the solar panels. He returned policy to whoever had the most financial clout to buy it. There it has remained, for the most part, ever since.

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  • Xi  On August 26, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    We under contract to China Construction America (CCA). We working on contract to built 25 floor high rise at Sheriff Street in your city. Oil is going to make your country wealthy.
    We build high rises to invest. We can built as high as 40 floors.

    • A. Persad  On August 28, 2018 at 5:28 pm

      Who are you going to sell to construct such gigantic structures? I haven’t seen a 25 storey structure in my life except in T&T. I don’t know of any structure in T&T which surpasses the 35 storey ocean front tower at Port-of-Spain.

      Surely you’re not catering to the working class Guyanese like the school teacher who works for GY$65,000 a month or the public servant who works for GY$70,000 a month, or those working in the private sector for lower wages.

      Are you going to displace hundreds of thousands of Guyanese in your social classes second wave of “development”? Guyanese were already forced off their lands at the Lamaha embankment so that the wealthy can construct six to ten storey buildings using artificially low property values on their tax returns.

      You mean oil is going to make American senators, Chinese companies and foreigners wealthy, not Guyanese who have to work for substandard wages.

  • Tata  On August 29, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Xi! We are a little country with less than 1million people, so who we going to house in these skyscrapers?

    • Emanuel  On August 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Mr Tata, I call it looking ahead and building to accommodate future returning expatriates and foreigners alike. You may be thinking in the present.

      • Walter  On August 30, 2018 at 7:22 pm

        I disagree. The problem is that China has been doing these massive infrastructure projects in Africa, and the locals are segregated into a poverty class while the foreigners become the bourgeois and sort of neo-colony in countries such as Angola of example.

        How can Chinese construction companies be allowed to construct skyscrapers without any one knowing?

        Did you know that the 10 storey Marriott Hotel was constructed using solely labour from Chinese inmates? Let me tell you this my friend—-I am a Guyanese-American and currently plan to retire in Guyana. TO MY SURPRISE! Bureaucracy, corruption and hostility towards me, a diaspora Guyanese who left Guyana decades ago for the white man’s land, is treated with contempt and mistrust by the governmental agencies. I am not looking for any concessions. I only want to retire in Guyana without the red tape. I’m not bringing in any “expat” riches but only seek to live a modest life in my country of birth. I’m not the Chinese elite planning to live in glass towers.

        It speaks volumes how my village of birth is still suffering from power burnouts but Chinese conglomerates are allowed to take our land to construct massive white elephants at the expense of Guyanese. Construct mega skyscrapers for foreigners while locals have to eat dinner under candle light:

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