If you think, solar is just a fancy thing for rich people, in rich countries, it might come as a surprise that China (!!!) has the biggest installed solar capacity by country 200GW of solar.
India has invested heavily in solar and Japan has overtaken Germany with it’s currently 50GW of solar capacity.
Solar is not minor.
Solar is many many Gigawatts of power.
in the catastrophe of Corona, there is the chance of new treatments via mRNA of such mankind wide plagues as cancer.
imagine a vaccine against cancer, that is exactly what companies that also worked on mRNA vaccines are working on.
in the catastrophe of the Russia on Ukraine war, is the chance of EU but also (!!!) US to FINALLY get rid of dependencies of nations from climate destroying fossil fuels.
why does your home not look like this? (will cut your energy bill in half)
why does your car not look like this? (already?)
all Texas US truck drives have two choices: stop laughing about the Toyota Prius and either power their trucks with hydrogen, or finally agree that smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient cars are the way into the future.
Unless Texas does not want to have a future.
The politics of the West needs create a financial system (banks) that actually works towards this goal by giving 0.1% loans over 30 years on solar and EV vehicles and infrastructure.
Anything else is unaffordably anymore.
Unfortunately: “investors” aka “banks that more or less print money” make crisis (often) even worse, by speculating on increasing oil, wheat and real estate prices and thus drive prices even higher. for short term profits.
The Ukraine war is a energy war – and the West needs to renewably win it fast.
Democracies now have to partner with private companies and proof, they can not only talk but act and answer the problems of this new reality.
Another theory: Putin COULD feel threatened by an Ukraine economy that “does well” on Western subventions (basically the money of all the other countries of the EU-NATO is used to build up the economy of Ukraine, so it looks good and Russians want the same = revolt in Russia)
“He described what events would follow the recognition of the independence of the Donbass republics.”
“The expert is convinced that the military contingent of the Russian Federation is able to protect people from attack by the Armed Forces of Ukraine.”
“Now the common security space of Russia – the DPR – LPR will appear. In case of continued aggression by the Armed Forces – the force neutralization of the Ukrainian invasion group, ”Korotchenko explained.”
the picture of this article suggests (soldier holding hand in front of his eyes)
a lot of Russians (except for the hardcore “patriots” “right-wing” “nationalists” as Korotchenko) seem to dislike more Russian military adventures with unlikely outcomes.
Another critical tweet auto translated:
Putin rises the stakes in this US-NATO vs Russia-China proxy poker game.
Will the Ukrainians – now that the Russian army is OFFICIALLY in DPR and LPR regions – really stop firing shells?
I hope so, but this is absolutely uncertain.
Will Russia REALLY start the invasion, as soon as the first Russian solider was OFFICIALLY killed by Ukrainian soldiers?
Putin is right: OF COURSE US-NATO wanted to build Ukraine up as a proxy-stronghold against Russia as they did with all other countries with subsidies (Germany (Marshall Plan), Poland, many East European countries).
Also – of course – US and Russia do not want to get into conflict DIRECTLY, because Russian bombs falling on US soil would something completely unwanted by the US.
Russian bombs on Europe’s soil is okay for the US. (would of course prefer as expensive as possible US bombs).
The sad story about NATO: not very democratic
NATO IS DEFACTO UNDER US CONTROL and they will NEVER give that up, NATO members would have to say “will quit”.
IMHO that COULD MEAN NOBODY (?) (ESPECIALLY NOT THE US COMMANDERS IN CHIEF) have learned the history lesson of WORLD WAR 1.
It is VERY VERY DANGEROUS to constantly enlarge alliances + piling up on weapons (with the argument the other side does it too).
Woodrow Wilson was elected USA president – because he promised his people to keep them out of the war – 5 months later the USA joined the war against the central powers – German Empire, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria.”
He said German philosophy was essentially selfish and lacking in spirituality. (Trump’s “America First” means: egoism/selfishness)
When I spoke of the Kaiser building up the German machine as a means of maintaining peace, he said,
“What a foolish thing it was to create a powder magazine and risk someone’s dropping a spark into it!”
“to increase security”: the “requirements” (and thus real reasons that made world war 1 possible) was the MASSIVE (for no reason) military stockpiling of weapons and the buildup of big alliance (today US-NATO), that when one nation get’s “attacked”, the other nation would have to help.
As Mr Woodrow Wilson righteously pointed out, this does not increase security, quiet the opposite: who would build up a lot of powder kegs and then risk someone dropping a matchstick.
As Russia righteously points out: You can not increase the security of one nation, by increasing the cost (the risk) for another nation.