Fusion Magazine: Green and Chinese

By Allan Topol

The United States is locked in a fierce struggle with China for world economic, political, and military dominance. This competition is also now occurring in the environmental sphere. Which nation will get the new green jobs?

President Obama has a goal: the greening of America, a myriad of solar panels and wind turbines dotting the American landscape, cutting our consumption of fossil fuels. Hybrid vehicles, or better yet plug-in electric cars, will fill our roads, eliminating foreign oil imports that are wrecking our economy. And a critical part of Obama’s vision is that this green revolution will create jobs. American jobs in the suffering heartland.

Unfortunately this goal, like many of Obama’s, is unrealistic.

For starters, large-scale product demand is simply not there. Most American individuals and businesses aren’t in a mood to change anything that costs money. The shift of electric power production from fossil fuels to solar and wind will be miniscule, certainly for the foreseeable future.

The same position stands for vehicles. American manufacturers are still producing gas guzzlers, and fuel savings from mandated mile-per-gallon requirements won’t even offset increases from new cars. With oil at $80 a barrel, the United States spends more than a billion a day on imported oil. Every dollar added to the price of oil per barrel costs Americans $7.7 billion a year, and $4.62 billion goes for imports.

These payments for foreign oil not only damage our economy and balance of payments, but place the American way of life at the mercy of tumultuous Middle Eastern suppliers, endangering our national security. As Sen. Lindsey Graham recently said, "We are more dependent on foreign oil today than after 9/11. That is political malpractice and every member of Congress is responsible."

If we were really serious about kicking the foreign oil habit, we could do that with electric cars and large-scale nuclear power plants to provide the electricity. That construction would create jobs. Lots of jobs. But since Three Mile Island, we’ve strapped our nuclear power industry into a virtual straightjacket. While nations like France aggressively build nuclear power plants, we barely get projects on the drawing board.

Now for the other part of the Obama vision: job creation. Even if we induced widespread demand for solar and wind energy products, that still wouldn’t create American jobs, except a relatively small number in the short run. Sadly, it would create lots of Chinese jobs in plants manufacturing the equipment for export to the United States.

In the last decade, we’ve watched millions of American jobs being lost to China in every segment of our economy, including toys, textile, machinery, chemicals, appliance making and furniture. The reason is simple: a virtually unlimited supply of cheap Chinese labor. In the last decade, more impoverished Chinese left the countryside

and moved to cities to find manufacturing jobs than the whole workforce of the United States. These Chinese workers are being paid approximately one dollar an hour, a small fraction of what American workers are paid. For good measure, the Chinese government has added a major stimulus package to enhance manufacturing. In contrast to the United States, which has near double-digit unemployment, China only has 4 percent unemployment—allowing China to satisfy the demand for exports. American economists estimate that, by 2020, China will surpass the United States in manufacturing output.

But some say these new green manufacturing jobs involve advanced technology that the United States is more equipped to handle. But, with China graduating five times as many engineers as the United States, it seems that may soon change.

China may not yet have surpassed us in technical proficiency, but Chinese engineering cannot be underestimated. The proof is the numerous jobs in computer and electronics manufacturing that have left the United States for China. Most of the world’s major electronics companies now manufacture their cell phones, computers and other IT products in China. In the process, Chinese engineers have absorbed and now enhance technology invented in the West. Thus, it’s not surprising that China has developed highly efficient solar roof panels and is already producing more of them than the United States. The same is true for wind energy.

President Obama has paid lip service to the concept, and there has been relatively minor construction of domestic products; but, again, the Chinese juggernaut is rolling. Wide-scale production and installation of wind turbine units has been occurring for the last decade, aided by massive Chinese government subsidies.

Arguably, at this point, American solar panels and wind turbines are of higher quality than the Chinese products, but based on what’s happened in other high-technology industries, that gap in quality will be swiftly closed or even shifted favorably to the Chinese side. Then the cheap labor factor will kick in. Very quickly, Chinese exports will hit the American market, undercutting our products in price and finding their way to the American countryside. The combination of sophisticated engineering, cheap labor, and massive government subsides is unbeatable.

One staggering irony is that these green products we’ll be using in the United Sates will be manufactured in a country that continues to destroy its own environment. In contrast to the United States, which has rigorous environmental laws, rivers and streams in China are so heavily polluted that aquatic life is dying. An estimated 1.3 million people die every year in China from respiratory illnesses such as lung and heart disease related to air pollution.

Notwithstanding this devastating air pollution, a McKinsey & Co. study projects that the number of vehicles on Chinese roads will more than triple to 120 million in the next 10 years. In response, Beijing is funding a massive program to solve the battery and other technological problems preventing widespread use of electric cars. With such an aggressive program and thousands of qualified engineers, it is likely that Chinese electric cars will begin appearing in American showrooms before long, and more American jobs will be lost.

Any doubt of this theory was resolved at Detroit’s 2009 International Auto Show where the star was BYD Auto, a Chinese car manufacturer. BYD launched the first mass-produced plug-in car. They’ve been sold in China for the last year, priced at approximately $22,000. A BYD spokesman said, "We are confident of exporting our electric cars to the U.S. Market in 2011." Meanwhile, a second Chinese company has released a model that gets 93 miles on a single charge and can be fully recharged in four to six hours.

This issue of who will get the green jobs plays out on the larger canvas of the struggle for world supremacy. The stakes are huge: Will the United States stay on top or yield that position to China as Britain did to the United States 100 years ago?

The time has come for us to recognize the threat being posed to the American way of life by China. Once we pull our heads out of the sand, perhaps we can take the steps to readjust this precarious balance.

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Allan Topol is a partner in a large Washington-based international law firm. He is also a national best-selling novelist, using the thriller genre to explore international, geopolitical, and military issues. He is currently at work on a novel about China, tentatively titled The China Gambit.



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For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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