China is already beating the U.S. at a Green New Deal

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U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently released the landmark Green New Deal proposal, which would enact new and sweeping regulations to help fight climate change. In response, many lawmakers have balked. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was recently filmed talking down to children who asked her why she was opposing the bill. Republicans have described it as “nothing more than the latest job-killing, socialist wish list from the radical left.” Meanwhile, China is already making huge strides that put the U.S.’s climate stance to shame. CNN reports that the Chinese government is looking into building its own space solar energy plant. The idea is to harness the sun’s powerful rays above the atmosphere and then transmit them to the Earth via either microwaves or lasers, thus reducing the Earth’s dependency on CO2 emitting energy sources. It’s a program that has never before been tried–and carries many unknowns and risks with it. Still, China believes it’s an important element to pursue as part of its overall renewable energy program; the country has pledged to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($367 billion) in renewable power sources by 2020. This certainly adds a new element to the climate change debate. Up until now, the issue […]

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