The president signed Monday the ‘U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act’, which authorizes the Secretary of State to take such actions as necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of International Expositions.
The World’s Fair, also known as the World Exposition, was last held in the U.S.A. in 1984 when New Orleans hosted The World of Rivers.
U.S. interest in hosting the event dwindled as the expo turned its focus to climate change and environmentalism. The new format isn’t exciting and draws very few visitors and even fewer exhibitors. This change has made the World’s Fair a loser for any city willing to host it.
President Trump hopes to change all that.
Trump spoke to a joint session of Congress in March during which he highlighted the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.
On our 100th anniversary, in 1876, citizens from across our Nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their creations.
Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time.
Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light.
Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen.
Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year.
That excitement is what the World’s fair needs and the United States, with a real leader, is the country to make it happen.
The fair introduced millions to inventions such as zippers (1893), the telephone, television (1939), electric lights, electricity, superhighways (1939), fax machines (1851), picturephones(1964), self-driving cars (1964), Robots (1939), moving walkways (1893), and the dishwasher (1893). The world’s fair introduced ideas to the world that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Progressives have taken over the World’s Fair, turning it into an environmentalist convention and ruining it as a conduit to the future.
If the 2019 World’s Fair were in Houston, Texas and featured next generation flying cars, quantum computers, artificial intelligence, wearable sensors, printed body parts, exotic metamaterials, and smart infrastructure wouldn’t you go?
If instead it were held in southern France and featured efforts to save the struggling albino cold stream horned toad, would you still want to go?
Of course not – not many would.
The earlier fair also attracted visitors from across the globe. Businessmen, investors, and curious consumers all spent money on air/sea travel, hotels, food, entertainment to visit the fair. Investors often left ready to put their dollars behind exciting new technologies.
The World’s Fair belongs in America. The country that invented the internet, the assembly line, and the flying machine will likely have inventors ready to show the world what will come in the next 20 years.
Editor’s Note: The reference to the invention of the automobile has been corrected to the invention of the assembly line which is credited to Ransom Olds of Lansing, MI, USA.