A few days ago U.S. Rep. Bob Inslee was talking about the Chinese “eating our lunch.” Now Rep. Jay Inglis is using this phrase that is about to begin appearing everywhere, mostly likely:
The fact of the matter is, if we’re going to grow our economy, if we are going to seize the jobs of the next century, we have to get busy focusing our national debate and our national investment on the new clean energy technologies, or China is going to eat our lunch.
China right now is preparing to roll out electric cars, lithium ion batteries, solar cells, cellulosic ethanol. This is where the future of energy is. We’ve a finite resource in oil, just like we had a finite resource in whale oil, and we made a transition. And we have to really focus our national energies in a bipartisan way, I would hope, on finding our way to compete with China to really build new energy sources of the future.
That makes one for GOP and one for Dems saying that we’re losing our way. Civilizations do wax and wane. China seems to be moving back to a former glory.
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