The United States is being a crab

Dear friend,

Have you ever seen a bucket full of crabs? They are fascinating to observe…

The crabs seem this unnerving need of keeping fellow crabs close together. If any of the crabs tried to climb out of the basket, the other crabs pull it back.
They are all stuck, but none of them allow the other to escape.

This is an example the motivational speakers use a lot to explain the mindset of negative people.

But I’m going to go one step further and use this to explain a problem that has come up between United States and India.

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Even as Narendra Modi was about to go on a trip to the US to improve ties, among other things, the US lodged an official complaint to the WTO against the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission which aims to deploy 20,000 MW of solar panels in the country which is to become functional by 2022.

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This is a brilliant move, especially from the global energy point of view. But the US have lodged this complaint because of what I consider a very trivial matter: there are subsidies given to local solar panel developers.

This is just ridiculous; it’s the whole “economy more important than ecology” all over again.

The economy will not exist if we do not.

This initiative; to switch to an energy source that is clean and so abundant that petroleum reserves will seem like how a lollipop compares to Jupiter in size; is a breath of fresh air from the government of a major world player. It validates the fact that this switch is necessary. But NOOOO! The US don’t want that, because all they care is how much money their people are getting.

Here’s a thought America. You want to be a world leader? How about leading the world in being the cleanest, healthiest place to live? I suppose that will satisfy your incessant need to be the best in the world.

As for the other countries who are vying to be world leader, the time has gone where economic dominance is true dominance. You have got</ to show ecological superiority as well.

The economy will not exist if we do not.

Yours,
Fellow 21st century human.

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