No one else seems to make the connection that Globalisation is the one thing that has accelerated climate change. It was inevitable once the economic machine went searching beyond borders for growth. That's how we got China off push bikes into cars and on it goes. Within the next 5-6 yrs they will take over the USA as the worlds largest economy. Their military will grow from strength to strength from having a army that was poorly equipped to one of high tech. All from the Tech we have given them or they have stolen. How that economy will be sustained is another matter but most economists believe it won't survive in the current political model. So in other words they could rule the world or self implode. It's anyone's guess but they are spending way more than the West on environmental tech covering themselves for the future.<quoted text>
But the US is a trading nation and that usually makes for a much higher GDP. Having a wonderful flat and fertile 'heartland' for grain production and two major waterways for transport well into the interior, as well as being situation on major routes between the Far East and Europe goes a long way to explaining the economic strength (in the past). Also allow for relatively untouched resources of North America.
True, the US is bound to slip now that resources are fewer and not as good, so they have globalization to strip resources from the world. And with no concept of 'sustainability' the US wastes a lot of it's resources. But the key advantage will keep it relatively strong even as it gropes it's way to sustainability.
They are buying up farming land all over the world including the USA. It's a pretty simple ploy they just pay more than anyone else to whomever is selling. So slowly but surely driven by state owned enterprises they are covering all bases. Banking, Industry, Food Supply and Resources. Something no other Western country could even hope to do with their political systems.