A great piece by Tom Friedman, providing another example of the sheer difference in scale between East and West when undertaking innovation in clean energy. Once again the US is falling far behind in promoting innovation and progress of the clean (and other innovation) sectors.
...Congress... is reluctant to appropriate the full $25 million for each (clean energy innovation) center..... “You mean billion,” Kishore asks? “No,” I say. “We’re talking about $25 million.” “Billion,” he repeats. “No. Million,” I insist. The Singaporean is aghast. He simply can’t believe that at a time when his little city-state has invested more than a billion dollars to make Singapore a biomedical science hub and attract the world’s best talent, America is debating about spending mere millions on game-changing energy research."