What are the most important factors that make a nation thrive? What is more important: the welfare of a people or corporate interest? Will Donald Trump’s fossil fuelled America First policies plunge the world’s leading economy into mediocrity? Which nations are best poised to lead the world into a more sustainable future. These are a few of the questions that SolAbility’s 2017 guide to the upside-down world of Sustainable Competitiveness deals with.
The numbers fluctuate. At 10:19 AM Pacific Time, on December 13, wind turbines fed 434 MW into the grid. There have been days when they produced 140% of the nation’s need. Then there is solar energy and biomass. According to the Danish Energy Agency, renewables supply 56% of Denmark’s Domestic electricity consumption.
Though China and the United States lead the world when it comes to gross domestic output (GDP), the sustainable competitiveness model uses another standard. SolAbility defines this on its’ website, “Sustainable competitiveness is the ability of a country to meet the needs and basic requirements of current generations while sustaining or growing the national and individual wealth into the future without depleting its natural, intellectual and social capital.” The focus is not corporate wealth or political clout, but “dignifying standard of life for all citizens.” Thus the 2016 Global Sustainable Competitiveness Index ranks Europe Foremost.
A new Hampshire poll raises the possibility of Senator Bernie Sanders going up against self made billionaire Donald Trump in the 2016 US election. Sanders has been called a socialist, a liberal and so far has been #2 among Democratic hopefuls. Now a democratic poll finds Sanders trumps Clinton, 46% to 30%. If that trend continues, the 2016 US election may be remembered as a people’s candidate vs corporate greed.
Mads Phikamphon, editor of the Danish website icebike.org, lives in Copenhagen and, as you will read in the following Q&A, doesn’t think most people need a car. He says, “You can get around much faster by bike and if you need to bring your children or something heavy you can use a cargo bike.” All you need is a bicycle.