This was good news yet still depressing:
As the United States takes its first steps toward mandating that power companies generate more electricity from renewable sources, China already has a similar requirement and is investing billions to remake itself into a green energy superpower.
Through a combination of carrots and sticks, Beijing is starting to change how this country generates energy. Although coal remains the biggest energy source and is almost certain to stay that way, the rise of renewable energy, especially wind power, is helping to slow China’s steep growth in emissions of global warming gases.
While the House of Representatives approved a requirement last week that American utilities generate more of their power from renewable sources of energy, and the Senate will consider similar proposals over the summer, China imposed such a requirement almost two years ago.
This year China is on track to pass the United States as the world’s largest market for wind turbines — after doubling wind power capacity in each of the last four years. State-owned power companies are competing to see which can build solar plants fastest, though these projects are much smaller than the wind projects. And other green energy projects, like burning farm waste to generate electricity, are sprouting up.
I just can’t tell you how depressing it is to know that while we fight to get this sort of thing going in the US, one of the two major political parties does everything they can to oppose green energy while chanting “Drill, baby, drill!” Maybe once the Chinese show how profitable and valuable green energy is, the Republicans will notice.
And, it goes without saying, that a portion of the stimulus bill that every Republican voted against for purely political reasons went to green technology.