Two recent announcements reflect the decline of America and the rise of China.
The Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, has announced a new “tourist attraction” for the state.
A creationist themed park that includes a full-scale version of the Noah’s Ark:
Gov. Steve Beshear announced plans Wednesday morning for a new tourist attraction in Northern Kentucky that will include a wooden ark and a theme park. The governor made the announcement Wednesday morning during a news conference at the Capitol Building in Frankfort. Representatives of Answers in Genesis, which opened the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky about three years ago, will partner with other investors in the project.
The park, called the Ark Encounter, will be on 800 acres off Interstate 75 in Grant County and is expected to be complete by 2014.
The park is being built by Answers in Genesis, a group that believes the world is less than 10,000 years old. The Government is giving them nearly $40m in tax breaks to help cover the estimated $150m to build it.
Beshear is very proud of the job creating possibilities of the Ark… never mind it helps support ignorance and scientific illiteracy.
Perhaps as sea levels rise that Ark may become handy?
Let’s hope the thing can actually float and is “fit for purpose”!
In contrast, China announces ambitious plans cut carbon emissions and invest in green technology:
In November 2009, China promised to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 40 to 45 percent by 2020 from 2005 levels, while increase the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 15 percent by 2020.
At a press conference unveiling the report, Xie Zhenhua, deputy director of NDRC, China’s top economic planner, said great effort has been made by China in energy-saving and greenhouse gas emission reductions in recent years.
During the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10) period, China’s investment in energy-saving and emission-reduction projects reached about 2 trillion yuan ($301 billion), more than 200 billion yuan (13.2 trillion) of which came from the Chinese Government, according to NDRC statistics.
In the US, elected government officials are throwing money at creationists.
In China, they’re investing billions in technology that will create jobs and push them to the forefront of technology innovation.
Ladies and gentlemen, in case it was not apparent, the 21st century belongs to China.