It will take decades to transition to a low-carbon economy. But getting there does not require taxpayer dollars. It does require a cooperative effort by government and the private sector that would allow for the necessary increase in domestic exploration and production, and the building of more distribution infrastructure such as natural gas pipelines on a scale that will enable us to replace foreign energy sources, while we transition to a low-carbon economy.
We need to correct the mercantilist and predatory trading practices of our principal trading competitors—yes, competitors not partners. These countries such as China won't be partners until they stop using opportunistic and illegal trade practices like currency manipulation, illegal subsidies and border-adjusted taxes (especially the value-added tax).
The American Society of Civil Engineers has stated earlier this year that we need to spend $2.2 trillion over the next five years to improve our country's roads and bridges.