"A new report on global wealth says that Europe has overtaken the United States to become the richest region in the world."
Of course Europe has done things a lot better than the United States and Canada (you are not European no matter what some say). The main thing is that they have pretty much embraced nuclear energy, upgraded their power grids. What do we do, of course we still have old hydroelectric generators and of course continue to burn coal and oil, use a power grid from 1900 era. Anytime a company wants to build a new nuclear power plant, we throw so many road blocks in front of them that they give up. Those other so called clean power sources do not produce enough. Some say we should cut back, why? It will just cost us money to make the improvements. Europe had a good and necessary reason for updating everything because it was destroyed during WW-II. You are also comparing the economies of 50-60 countries of various sizes to the U.S. which is starting to recover from a economic disaster. So called "Smart Cars" tiny, not good for family, not smart, Building smaller homes, unless your retired not to good if you intend to raise a family. I personally would just not get in our way. To a couple of you I say the U.S. is not dead.