Letter to the editor: New technologies
To the editor:
George Will in his column “The Illusion that democracy depends on” (Lawrence Journal World, Sept. 3) misses the importance of the change in technology to the social and political structure of society. Today in the U.S., the demonstrations against police brutality and the law and order policy of President Donald Trump fog the major difference between the two political sides.
The Trumpist Republicans defend the old coal, oil and gas-dependent economy, against the new one based on computer technology and solar and wind energy.
The robot with artificial intelligence needs to stop working only for maintenance and does not make mistakes if supervised well by the technology-trained human worker.
The solar and wind sources of energy are replacing coal, oil and gas. They are becoming cheaper to the level of being competitive with the old sources. They attract more and more inventors, leading to the boom of their shares.
We used to import solar panels, but now we have three foreign-owned and four American companies to manufacture them in the U.S. Their prices dropped significantly. So have the prices of wind turbines.
Most electricity produced by solar power is in Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Georgia. With the exception of Hawaii, they are all red states.
New technologies required new retrained labor forces.