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U.S. won’t succeed if India has more scientists: Obama

Bangalore: President Barack Obama has said that the U.S. is facing stiff competition from India and cannot succeed if the country continues to produce more scientists and engineers than America, reports Business Ghana.

“I said this during the State of the Union (address), I repeated it today in Henderson in my town hall: Other countries are not playing for second. They’re playing for first,” he told the Las Vegas-Area Chambers of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on Friday. “That’s just one example of the competition that we’re facing on everything. If India or South Korea are producing more scientists and engineers than we are, we will not succeed.”

This is the second time in two days that Obama has told people to gear up as countries like India, China and Germany are marching ahead in various fields, including clean energy technologies.

On Thursday, the President had said that the U.S., being the world leader, cannot afford to lag behind in clean energy technologies amid the fast growth of India, China and Germany in the field, and sought efforts to prevent any country from “out-competing” America in future.

“We know that whoever leads the clean energy revolution is going to lead the 21st century economy. And we can’t wait. Because China is not waiting. India is not waiting. Germany is not waiting. We can’t afford to wait,” he said at a grassroots fundraiser for Senator Michael Bennet in Denver, Colorado.

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