Even pro-American media admits the US is fast losing out to China in renewable power generation for the global future

China to invest $360 bln in renewable power in 2016-2020
China plans to invest $361 billion in renewable energy generation by 2020. The investment reflects Beijing's focus on cutting the use of fossil fuels and combating pollution.
Installed renewable power capacity in the world's largest energy market - including wind, hydro, solar and nuclear - will make up half of all new electricity generation by 2020, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Thursday in a blueprint document laying out plans to develop the nation's energy sector between 2016 and 2020. China became the world's top solar generator last year, but the NEA said that renewables will still only account for just 15 percent of overall energy consumption by 2020, equivalent to 580 million tons of coal. China's coal consumption fell in 2015 to reach just over 4 billion tons after production peaked in 2013 and has been falling ever since. Its coal imports also fell in 2015 by 30 percent … for more, go to http://www.dw.com/en/china-to-invest-360-bln-in-renewable-power-in-2016-2020/a-37031957 

Even pro-American media admits the US is fast losing out to China in renewable power generation for the global future

KUALA LUMPUR (October 2017): For the pro-American media like the New York Times, The Guardian and CNN.com to publish news and feature articles that credit China positively can only mean something is just not right.

It only confirms that the credible and established American media are facing and accepting reality that the US just cannot afford to continue with its “business as usual” internal and external policies.

In short, the US has been lazing around in its comfort zone for far too long, banking only on its archaic foreign policy and propaganda of bashing rivals (sovereign countries) to win “ geo-political battles”.

But are the Americans really winning the “battles”?

While the US has continued to play the bashing propaganda to get the better of its rivals, China has been pumping up to some 2.5 trillion yuan (£292 billion) into research and development on renewable power generation and tapping on its related manufacturing potentials.

The US is reminded of this quotable quote:

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln

I Love Malaysia-China Silk Road opines that the US must start working on and implementing innovative technology programmes to ensure that it does not lose out the global competitive edge to China.

To continue with just bashing China on all fronts will only result in the US being left far behind in technology and economies of scale in the production of goods.

Talk, talk, talk, criticise, criticise, criticise will not get anyone, organisation or nation to progress domestically and internationally.

Here’s what Dr. Fareed Zakaria@www.cnn.com wrote and posted by online news portal Malaysia Chronicle:


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This week, the front page of the New York Times described the Trump administration’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s attempt to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

“The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. Right under that article was an article from halfway around the world detailing China’s massive new investment in electric vehicles, part of Beijing’s determination to dominate the era of clean-energy technology. It is a tale of two strategies."

The Trump administration has decided to move into a new century: the 19th century. Coal has been in decline for at least seven decades. In 1950, it accounted for half of all U.S. electricity generation. It is now down to a third. Additionally, massive automation of mining has meant that the jobs in the industry are disappearing, down from 176,000 in 1985 to 50,000 in 2017. Machines and software are replacing coal miners just as surely as in other industries. Demand for coal is weak because of alternatives, chiefly natural gas. In the past couple of years, many of the top American coal companies have been forced to declare bankruptcy, including the largest, Peabody Energy.

Despite President Trump’s policy shift, these trends are unlikely to change. Reuters found that, of 32 utilities in the 26 states that filed lawsuits over the Clean Power Plan, “the bulk of them have no plans to alter their multi-billion dollar, years-long shift away from coal.” The reason utilities are shedding coal is economics — the price of natural gas has plummeted in recent years, and its share of U.S. electricity generation has nearly tripled since 1990. In addition, costs are falling dramatically for wind and solar energy.

And, of course, coal is the dirtiest form of energy in use. Coal-fired power plants are one of the nation’s leading sources of carbon-dioxide emissions, and most scientists agree those emissions lead to global warming. They also cause terrible air pollution, with all its attendant health problems and costs.

China will plough 2.5tn yuan (£292bn) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency has said, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.–The Guardian

That’s one of the reasons China, which suffers more than a million deaths a year because of poor air quality, is making huge investments in clean energy. The country has become one of the world’s leading producers of wind turbines and solar panels, with government subsidies enabling its companies to become cost-efficient and global in their aspirations. In 2015, China was home to the world’s top wind-turbine maker and the top two solar-panel manufacturers. According to a recent report from the United Nations, China invested $78.3 billion in renewable energy last year — almost twice as much as the United States.

Now Beijing is making a push into electric cars, hoping to dominate what it believes will be the transport industry of the future. Already China has taken a large lead in electric cars. In 2016, more than twice as many were sold in China as in the United States, an astonishing catch-up for a country that had almost no such technologies 10 years ago. China’s leaders have let it be known that by 2025 they want 20 percent of all new cars sold in China to be powered by alternative fuels. All of this has already translated into jobs, “big league” as President Trump might say: 3.6 million people are already working in the renewable-energy sector in China, compared with 777,000 in the United States.

China is still heavily reliant on coal, which it has in plentiful supply, and it has tried to find steady sources of other fossil fuels. It went on a shopping spree over the past two decades, making deals for natural resources and energy around the world, often paying at the peak of the commodities bubble in the mid-2000s. But over time, it recognized that this mercantilism was a bad strategy, tying Beijing up with expensive projects in unstable countries in Africa. Instead, it watched and learned from the United States as technological revolutions dramatically increased the supply and lowered the cost of natural gas and solar energy. China has now decided to put a much larger emphasis on this route to energy security, one that also ensures it will be the world’s leading producer of clean energy.

Trump has often talked about how China is “killing us ” and that he’s tired of hearing about China’s huge growth numbers. He should notice that Beijing is getting its growth by focusing on the future, the next areas of growth in economics and technology. The United States under Trump will be engaged in a futile and quixotic quest to revive the industries of the past. Who do you think will win?

WRITER: Dr. Fareed Zakaria@www.cnn.com

A General Motors Co. Chevrolet FNR-X crossover concept vehicle stands on display at the Auto Shanghai 2017 vehicle show in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
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IF YOU'RE CHARGED up for a world of electric cars, consider booking a trip to China. This week, the world's automakers gathered at the Shanghai Auto Show to reveal their latest wares, pulling the cover of one electric after another. Audi revealed the E-Tron Sportback concept, a potential Tesla Model X competitor. Volkswagen unveiled the Crozz, part of its post-Dieselgate, all-electric apology tour. Chevrolet, Buick, Renault, Citroen, and Jaguar showed off battery-powered cars. So did the local Chinese players, like Denza, Chery, Lynk & Co, and Nio. Compare that scene to the 'bigger is better vibe of this month's New York International Auto Show, where Dodge showed off the atmosphere-punishing Demon and Volkswagen unveiled its enormous Atlas SUV, which will launch in the US with just one powertrain option: a V6 engine … for more, go to https://www.wired.com/2017/04/age-trump-china-eyes-electric-car-dominance/