This world of ‘go along to get along’ mentality to conform to general expectations so as not to disrupt or endanger one’s sense of security or belonging is not working out so well. Trumpism has completely changed that approach in just about every sector of society. The US has had a two party system for a long time but occasionally the party name and ideology changes. Today we have Trumpism versus the traditional Republican and Democrat Congress. Then, there is the rest of us.
Today’s decisive opposition within all three branches of our Republic is spilling over into science and technology also. When Government picks and chooses and makes the wrong choices, it is extremely difficult and very expensive to disrupt that path, be it energy, health, foreign policy, etc. In the years that I have studied the nuclear energy evolution, it is very pronounced that the Government picked the wrong nuclear power reactor design. It should have allowed competition so the better designs would have prevailed. Now, sixty years and trillions of dollar later, the government has finally decided to get out of the way for nuclear energy to prevail on its own.
The Government also needs to get out of the way of the Renewable (wind and solar farms) energy platform as well. Sixty years and trillions of dollar from now, we will be saying the same thing about Renewable too. The best logical reason for the Government to have picked wind and solar as their energy of choice is because it creates many construction jobs for the many decades it will take to completely decarbonize our economy. Yes, the is the goal of the Green New Deal being proposed by a few radical disrupters in Congress 2019. These disrupters are not part of Trumpism or even capitalism for that matter. It is part of the socialist evolution in the Republic of the United States of America.
As I said above, once you go down a particular path it will be very costly to everyone if that path was the wrong choice. The good news is that we always have the power to change.