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U.S. allowing other countries to become alternative energy leaders

Even if you don't believe global warming is real, here is what columnist Thomas Friedman says is indisputable: "The world is on track to add another 2.5 billion people by 2050, and many will be aspiring to live American-like, high-energy lifestyles. In such a world, renewable energy — where the variable cost of your fuel, sun or wind, is zero — will be in huge demand." Yet Friedman noted that America is allowing other countries to become leaders in developing alternative energy. "China has decided that clean-tech is going to be the next great global industry and is now creating a massive domestic market for solar and wind, which will give it a great export platform," Friedman wrote, adding how "if you like importing oil from Saudi Arabia, you're going to love importing solar panels from China."