By Dale Lowdermilk
When it comes to the theft of intellectual property, some argue that the U.S. is its own worst enemy. Rather than being an unwitting casualty, the U.S. either squanders or surrenders its technical advantages.
In a recent example, as reported by NPR, ten years ago, American scientists in Washington State made tremendous advancements in the field of vanadium batteries:
The batteries were about the size of a refrigerator, held enough energy to power a house, and could be used for decades. The engineers pictured people plunking them down next to their air conditioners, attaching solar panels to them, and everyone living happily ever after off the grid.
(One scientist described the technology as “beyond promise.”)
But then the U.S. Department of Energy gave the taxpayer-funded technology to the Chinese government.
That wasn’t an anomaly, as this seems to be the modus operandi of the federal government. In 1998, the giveaway of rocket launch/development technology to China sparked an investigation, one that was undermined by President Clinton’s subsequent actions — the move dwarfed any “aid and comfort” provided to foreign enemies since Benedict Arnold. More here