In some ways the Cold War worked to US advantage, by focusing American energies and creativity; creating strong incentives for technological progress also useful in non-military applications.
(Mind you, the Cold War was still a terrible thing for the planet. But bear with me here.)
What if the US and China start another Cold War, but rather than building up nuclear stockpiles and developing weapon systems the focus is on renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions?
The US/Russia Cold War was egged on by lobbyists for the 'Military-Industrial Complex'.
Perhaps a US/China #ClimateChange War might be pushed by mortgage bankers?
> Wall Street Mortgage Bankers Are Freaking Out About Climate Change. “Housing and housing finance will not be spared.” https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2021/09/wall-street-mortgage-bankers-report-climate-change-housing-finance/
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