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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Scott Quiner was transferred over the weekend to a hospital in Texas after doctors in Minnesota threated to terminate life support measures as he battled severe complications from COVID-19. Scott's wife, Anne Quiner, appealed to the courts for a restraining order to prevent the hospital from pulling the plug as she sought a new facility to provide medical care for her husband. Scott was unvaccinated when he tested positive for COVID-19 in late October, 2021.

Anne and her attorney Marjorie Holsten joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Thursday to describe their frantic efforts to halt the hospital's decision to turn off Scott's life support — allegedly because he was unvaccinated — and just how difficult it was to get him the medical treatment he needed.

"It was absolutely stunning," Holsten told Glenn. "[Anne] came in and she has this order, I saw the screenshot from the [online medical] chart that said [Scott] is basically scheduled for execution at noon the following day."

According to Holsten, the Minnesota hospital responded to her appeal for a restraining order by claiming that the "position" to keep Scott alive "is not supported by medical science or Minnesota law. As a result, Mercy will ask the court to issue an order that Mercy has the authority to discontinue Mr. Quiner's ventilator and proceed with his medical care plan."

"The 'medical care plan' was the plan to discontinue the ventilator at noon, which leads to death very shortly. So that was at 10 o'clock, but then at 11 o'clock, before the 12 o'clock execution, the judge did, in fact, sign an order saying the hospital is restrained from pulling the plug," she added.

Anne told Glenn that doctors in Texas were shocked by Scott's condition after he arrived from the Minnesota hospital. Not only had he been given dangerous drugs, he was also found to be “severely malnourished."

"The doctor [in Texas] spent two hours with Scott and when he came back out, he said, 'I don't know how he even made it, how he even survived that other hospital ... but I will do everything I can to try to save his life,'" Anne explained.

"And the doctor [in Texas] said Scott was the most undernourished patient he has ever seen," Holsten added.

"Glenn, we are first bringing this battle to the court of public opinion," Holsten continued. "What we are showing the world is that Scott was near death because of the protocols used in that [Minnesota] hospital, but now he is recovering. He is getting better.... Now, we're not planning a funeral, we're planning for his release."

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The Great Reset is not just an elitist idea — it’s not even a socialist utopian concept. It’s a real-world fascist threat to every American from Wall Street to Main Street. It’s happening now in policies and cultural shifts big and small, obvious and subtle, from environmental promises to corporations going woke. But the mainstream media, global elites, and politicians brushed off the Great Reset as “nothing to see here.” Another myth they push: “The World Economic Forum is just a conference for elites who have no REAL power.”

Glenn Beck first exposed the Great Reset almost two years ago, and the globalist cries of "conspiracy theorist" soon followed. They said he believed the WEF was a “master cabal calling the shots from some evil underground lair.” But Glenn Beck never said that. Instead, he uncovered the true intentions of global leaders in finance and politics by simply highlighting their own words.

This week, the same global elites are doubling down on their agenda at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda virtual event. But still, the global elites — like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — are trying to downplay the WEF’s influence to stop people like us from interfering with their plans. The oligarchy will prosper in the new world order they’ve designed. You will not.

So Glenn unveils a master chalkboard based on his best-selling new book to outline the threats from globalists and why we must stop their agenda if we hope to keep the precious freedoms we still have.

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Kim Iversen, journalist, YouTuber, and host of "The Kim Iversen Show," reacted to Glenn Beck's appearance last week on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" by conceding that, while the subject of Beck's new book, "The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism" might at first sound "a little bit loony," closer analysis confirms "this isn't such a crazy conspiracy theory after all."

"Glenn Beck was on Tucker Carlson's show last week touting what has been called a right-wing conspiracy theory and discussing his new book, 'The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of Twenty-First-Century Fascism'," began Iverson on The Hill's "Rising."

"Well, maybe that all sounds a little bit loony — and believe me, I do think Glenn Beck tends to be a loon," she quipped. "But, maybe this isn't such a crazy conspiracy theory after all. And after seeing everything we've seen with the governments enacting all sorts of authoritarian controls and many other conspiracy theories coming true, maybe there's something to be concerned about. So, what is the Great Reset? The name even sounds conspiratorial, but believe it or not, it's a real thing."

Iverson went on to explain exactly who is behind the Great Reset, what their agenda entails, how they are using the COVID-19 pandemic to "to rebuild society in a way the global elites see best fit."

"You'll own nothing and you will be happy: That's what they're saying," Iverson explained. "And with inflation sky high and no signs of it slowing down, they might be right. We are on our way to becoming a nation of renters, but don't worry it's nothing to fear ... don't worry, everything is being done under the premise that this is all ... being done for our own good, the benefit of a collective society, and we will be happy," she added sarcastically.

Iverson concluded by asking, "Who thinks it's a good idea that a bunch of corporate millionaire and billionaires and world leaders are getting together and coming up with what's best for we the little people? I mean, who thinks that that's a really good idea? And who thinks that they are going to be doing it for our benefit? But, of course they're going to frame it like 'Oh, this is good for you. You're going to rent. You'll own nothing and you'll be happy. Don't worry about it' ... When you look at the actual list of partners with the World Economic Forum, they control everything. They control media. They control health. They control business. They control everything, and so then it does become, how do we people fight against that?"

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President Joe Biden just had the worst-rated week in the entire first year of his presidency, but his latest poll numbers are the icing on the cake, Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck on the radio program.

Given that polls aren’t always correct, O’Reilly explained another way to prove that Biden's first year may be worse than any other president's before him: It’s impossible to name one single contribution Biden has made to move America forward.

"Biden: There isn't anything you can point to. Not one thing ... that he's done to improve the nation. That's the test. You just step back, take emotion out of it, politics out of it, and say, give me one thing that Joe Biden has done to improve the country. Just one. And you can't do it," O'Reilly said. "And if there is, I want your listeners to contact me at BillO'Reilly.com."

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