UN reports surging investments in renewable energy

Jul 7, 2011 Full story: Salon

In this photo taken on Dec. 17, 2009, a man walks past a solar panels power station in Shenyang in northeast China's Liaoning province.

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litesong

Arlington, WA

#1 Jul 7, 2011
Years ago, the chinese communists were putting out far more engineers than the U.S. No need to be surprised by their technology.

“dening those who deny nature. ”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#2 Jul 7, 2011
Yet china is also building more coal fired power plants as well. Wind does make sense in some of the more remote locations of china. After all if they wanted to use something else they would have to transport it in or run transmission line.

But solar while being pushed hard in the EU hasn't produced the results they predicted. In fact they have been having the problem with the fact that solar is still a fair weather power source. Not every day is sunny and in northern part they still have to deal with snow while some of the southern parts still have to deal with the occasional dust storm blowing in from africa.

I am not surprised that the chinese have been putting out far more engineers than teh US. After all they have a far larger population and I noticed that you ignored how many as a percentage of population. Of course the more impressive numbers of engineers produced is india.
litesong

Arlington, WA

#3 Jul 7, 2011
tina anne wrote:
I am not surprised that the chinese have been putting out far more engineers than teh(sic) US.
But then you went on to debate with me & make up excuses for america's lack. americans never were good at math & science. After the world was devastated from two World Wars, the U.S. gained a technological lead by default. Even with that lead, tho American soil were never invaded(except for a few Japanese in Alaska), technical & safety features first showed up on European cars before American auto companies incorporated them into their own cars(similar to today). Also, america wisked Germans off to build rockets after WWII & Jews & Asians in America are highly ranked for their technical expertise.
But the last years have shown that america is well in the arrears in their educational system, as many nations lead the U.S. in almost all student scores, math & science included.
I always wondered why child friends around me avoided math & science. Belatedly, my answer to my wonder is that they were americans.

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Since: Oct 10

Mountain hideaway, SE Spain

#4 Jul 8, 2011
litesout wrote:
But then you went on to debate with me
A debate with you is impossible, you don't understand the meaning of the word.

“dening those who deny nature. ”

Since: Jun 07

Norfolk va

#5 Jul 8, 2011
litesong wrote:
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But then you went on to debate with me & make up excuses for america's lack. americans never were good at math & science. After the world was devastated from two World Wars, the U.S. gained a technological lead by default. Even with that lead, tho American soil were never invaded(except for a few Japanese in Alaska), technical & safety features first showed up on European cars before American auto companies incorporated them into their own cars(similar to today). Also, america wisked Germans off to build rockets after WWII & Jews & Asians in America are highly ranked for their technical expertise.
But the last years have shown that america is well in the arrears in their educational system, as many nations lead the U.S. in almost all student scores, math & science included.
I always wondered why child friends around me avoided math & science. Belatedly, my answer to my wonder is that they were americans.
Make up excuses, is that a new code phrase for I think anyone who disagrees with me has to be wrong. Maybe you forgot that after WWII that the US was still leading the world up to the eighties. Try researching the space race and the arms race. The US was putting out more high tech equiptment than anyone else. So the eurpoeans were advancing auto safety. That was more because the market in the US wasn't interested in buying cars with seat belts. In fact they would buy a car with seat belts and cut them out.

I have to agree that the US education system has fallen behind. But that is more because people like yourself than anything else. Unlike in the past where teachers were not worried about fluinking a student if they did not measure up, your not allowed to give them a F because it might hurt thier self esteem. More effort is spent on promoting things like Mary has two Mommies than math. And more effort is spent on other silly goals rather than teaching children what they need to know. Then they go to colledge or a university and professors who spend more time ranting about this or that than what they were being paid to teach. Math professors who spent more time ranting about Bush than math. Science teachers who barely mentioned science but had a silly idea that if the US got rid of all it's weapons that the world would be at peace ignoring the fact that there are countries that have had off again on again wars that had been going on forever when jesus was in diapers.

Now I have tried to reverse the trend but before more can reverse it they first must educate themselves in those very same subjects. People like yourself who wish to believe anything that supports an agenda rather than doing the research that just might cause you to change your point of view.

One of the reasons why people are switching to private schools, home education, and pushing for other answers is that those who set the course in public schools are more interested in social reform than education.

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