Green Giant

Beijing's crash program for clean energy

On March 3, 1986, four of China’s top weapons scientists—each a veteran of the missile and space programs—sent a private letter to Deng Xiaoping, the leader of the country. Their letter was a warning: Decades of relentless focus on militarization had crippled the country’s civilian scientific establishment; China must join the world’s xin jishu geming, the “new technological revolution,” they said, or it would be left behind. They called for ... Full Story »

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Paul Peete
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by Paul Peete - Dec. 23, 2009

With the Copenhagen conference having yielded an accord on Greenhouse gas reduction, albeit voluntary, this article points to a commitment by China to create green technology. It also reveals a side of China's philosophy toward workers in the tech world with sports, music instruction. Americans have been fed a steady diet of propaganda portraying China as anti-green, anti-worker. More insightful articles like this are sorely needed to help us compete with the world's largest workforce.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Dec. 23, 2009

Excellent reporting on China's rapid advances in developing clean energy solutions. This in-depth report provides a factual and well-researched overview of Beijing's "863 Program" and its latest clean-tech advances. A real eye-opener, highly recommended.

It's interesting to note that the largest producer of carbon emissions is now a world leader in solar and wind energy solutions. I wish the United States Congress showed as much vision as China's leaders -- and hope we can catch up with them sooner rather than later.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Dec. 23, 2009

Quite long, but written well enough to pull the reader through. Excellent article overall, well supported.

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Dec. 23, 2009
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William Hughes-Games
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by William Hughes-Games - Dec. 25, 2009

An excellent article showing what is really happening in China

When China's coal fired power stations have run their course and are ready to be torn down, China will be producing her energy from renewable sources. She will undoubtedly recycle the iron and other materials from her coal fired generators to make more wind turbines. Pity the west will be lagging so far behind.

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Alan Frankel
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by Alan Frankel - Dec. 24, 2009

Yes. It gives a historical overview and a good description of facts not covered elsewhere.

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