Surely its about time America lead the world once again?

An American, the chairman of their energy and commerce Subcommittee no less and most probably a republican thinking about his next campaign contribution from one of the big oil companies says that America should not try and compete with China in the production of solar and wind energy infrastructure and in turn along with this statement he wants to decrease the importance of these technologies as part of America's energy mix no doubt.

My goodness we did at least love the Americans for something and that was their ability for optimism and vision,  the same optimism that gained them the freedoms that allowed them to free the rest of the World and now their leaders do not even have the foresight to see what a massive factor renewable energies are going to play in the competitiveness of countries going forward. They fail to see that their scrambled panic for a failing resource is destroying them from within, they are pumping all of their countries money into subsidies to make it more appealing, into wars to fight for it and to clean up its mess, surely it is time for a change, surely its time to lead again.

Below is what clean energy does for America today, they should be embracing it and driving it, if they did this the whole world would change for the better, we are all still looking to them for leadership and moral guidance but up until now we are seeing only the opposite.

The chairmans comment reflects exactly the sort of counterproductive defeatism that Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned against this weekend when he spoke to a group of America’s most promising young solar innovators:

“The United States faces a choice today: Will we sit on the sidelines and fall behind or will we play to win the clean energy race? Some say this is a race America can’t win.  They’re ready to wave the white flag and declare defeat… Others say this is a race America shouldn’t even be in. They say we can’t afford to invest in clean energy.  I say we can’t afford not to.

“It’s not enough for our country to invent clean energy technologies – we have to make them and use them too. Invented in America, made in America, and sold around the world – that’s how we’ll create good jobs and lead in the 21st century.”

The race for clean energy jobs and industries is on – and it is a race well worth winning. The International Energy Agency projects that in the coming decades, solar power could grow to more than 20 percent of the world’s electricity. Conservatively, this means that there is an economic opportunity worth trillions of dollars for whichever countries claim the lead. The global market for wind turbines is also growing exponentially.

But it’s not just the vast potential of jobs tomorrow – these industries employ a growing number of Americans today. In fact, business groups estimate that America’s solar industry accounts for about 100,000 jobs and the wind industry employs 75,000. Should we simply tell those workers that we’ve given up on them?

A study released last month showed that, in spite of the intense global competition, the U.S. remains a net global exporter of solar technology – with $5.6 billion in exports and an overall positive trade balance of $1.8 billion.

It is certainly true that China is playing to win. Last year alone, China offered its solar manufacturers $30 billion in government financing, vastly exceeding the U.S. investment.  And China has overtaken the United States market share in solar power – a technology we invented.

Chairman Stearns and other members of his party in Congress believe that America cannot, or should not, try to compete for jobs in a cutting edge and rapidly growing industry.  We simply disagree:  the answer to this challenge is not to wave the white flag and give up on American workers. America has never declared defeat after a single setback – and we shouldn’t start now.

America’s entrepreneurs and innovators are still the very best in the world. Our workers are second to none – and we have never been afraid of a challenge. It’s time to do what we’ve always done in the face of a tough competitor: roll up our sleeves and recapture the lead.

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