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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Time to look beyond oil

By Ann Telnaes

By Ann Telnaes  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Foreign Policy, Obama White House  
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Talk about delusional

1) Have you seen the environmental impact of the factories making these panels? They are disgusting.

2) China is making them not using them; they still are building new coal plants everywhere

3) They have no environmental regulation, they are still the worst polluter in the world.

Posted by: flonzy1 | February 11, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

While China is growing their renewable energy sector at a remarkable rate (and shaming the US), they are ALSO growing their coal and petroleum sectors at an even higher rate. Yes, we should be ashamed that we have not done more to grow our renewable energy sector, especially since we have the resources to do so and need to be an example. But China is not really running circles around us in clean energy. Renewable energy's share of their total usage is actually falling.

Posted by: atylerfox | February 9, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

China invented the compass, but didn't explore. China invented gunpowder, but not the gun. China innovated clean energy and one day here in the USA people will be telling their kids we had to buy the XXXL gas guzzling SUV instead of the bigger one because the Chinese people are going hungry for energy.

Posted by: billybeer6 | February 7, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

While the kids in China are taking calculus in grade school, ours are sitting around, playing their hand-held "kill-kill-kill"-games, right up into high school, trying to get to the next level! In the process, parts of their brains are atrophying. But, I'll bet THEIR hand-held game is better and more advanced than the kid's next door! So then, he'll soon be slinging hamburgers at McDonald's, while the Chinese kids enter college at age 14 or 16.

Gee! I WONDER why they're ahead of us??

Posted by: Maerzie | February 7, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Ann is the most clever creator of GREAT editaorial cartoons that I have EVER seen in my 70+ years! As the USA sits on its butt and gets fatter and fatter lazily guzzling oil, China IS running circles around us in creative clean energy solutions. How Ann comes up with these clever depictions is beyond me, but she certainly does, time after time!

Posted by: Maerzie | February 7, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

BOTTOM LINE: 7,000,000,000,000 and still exploding exponentially . . . . The earth simply lacks energy resources for that many people.

hamelinfish, I believe that Christian Fundamentalists have chosen 6000 BC as earth's beginning. I remember a comment by a minister a couple of centuries ago when he viewed a dinosaur fossil . . . "Some sinner who died in the Deluge".

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 7, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

in stim one most of $ for wind turbines were made oversea-- solar panels for white house made in spain --- $ to dev battery for cars went to china

Posted by: oldhat | February 7, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I always thought that government subsidies were for developing companies that needed assistance to stay in business UNTIL they could be profitable on their own. If that's the case, why do we continue funnel tax-payer's cash to big oil and coal, both industries that are making record profits and certainly meet the criteria for standing on their own?

Could it be that those who don't want our government to aid in the development of solar and wind technologies in the US already have their investments secured in china's solar and wind companies? Just a thought to ponder this week.....

Posted by: cmarston99 | February 7, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Ann's "fat man with the straw" would be better served wearing the flag of the EU.

We get the VAST majority of our imported oil from Canada, Mexico, and Venezuela.

Posted by: harryheisler | February 7, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ann, you need to show China of equal or larger size sucking down as much oil as the U.S.

Posted by: mhoust | February 7, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

That's nothing. The United States leads the world in the proportion of people that believe that the world is 4000 years old.... USA..USA..USA.......

Posted by: hamelinfish | February 7, 2011 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Is it sensible to continue subsidizing, encouraging and utilizing a finite resource that is warming our planet, degrading our environment, tying us to a volatile region and growing more expensive as time goes by? What will it take for us to make a leap into a sane resource?

Posted by: MyVoice3 | February 6, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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