Obama Administration Sues to Stop China’s Renewable Energy Policy

Whilst President Obama focussed on the need for renewable energy in his State of the Union speech, behind the scenes his administration is suing China in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over its support  for its renewable energy strategy.

The environmental newswire, Down to Earth, reports that “the US wants China to stop its clean energy program” and is suing in the WTO:

AFTER scuttling talks on transfer of technology in the recently concluded climate change conference in Cancun, the US now wants China to stop its clean energy programme. The US, on December 22, filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) that China is unfairly helping its domestic wind power equipment manufacturing industry with soft loans, cheap land and subsidies, thereby giving it a competitive edge. This is despite the fact that the US has its own green energy development programmes which run into billion of dollars.

Down to Earth. US Targets China’s Wind Subsidy.

In 2009 President Obama outlined plans for more than $200 billion in subsidies for renewable energy, including substantial amounts for R&D, one of the issues on which it is suing China over.

6 responses to “Obama Administration Sues to Stop China’s Renewable Energy Policy

  1. Let’s see . . .

    If China subsidizes their greenies that is bad, bad bad.

    If Obama subsidizes US greenies that is good, good, good.

    Now I understand the Obama logic that spending is really investment.

  2. People love to gush about ‘Green’ China’s investment in solar and wind power. This puts that into perspective, but is slightly out of date; they have increased their nuclear power target by about 50% for 2020:

    “Mainland China has 13 nuclear power reactors in operation, 25 under construction, and more about to start construction soon.

    Additional reactors are planned, including some of the world’s most advanced, to give more than a tenfold increase in nuclear capacity to 80 GWe by 2020, 200 GWe by 2030, and 400 GWe by 2050.

    China is rapidly becoming self-sufficient in reactor design and construction, as well as other aspects of the fuel cycle.

    Most of mainland China’s electricity is produced from fossil fuels (80% from coal, 2% from oil, 1% from gas in 2006) and hydropower (15%). Two large hydro projects are recent additions: Three Gorges of 18.2 GWe and Yellow River of 15.8 GWe. Rapid growth in demand has given rise to power shortages, and the reliance on fossil fuels has led to much air pollution. The economic loss due to pollution is put by the World Bank at almost 6% of GDP.1 In 2009 power shortages were most acute in central provinces, particularly Hubei, and in December the Central China Grid Co. posted a peak load of 94.6 GW.

    Domestic electricity production in 2009 was 3643 billion kWh, 6.0% higher than the 3,450 billion kWh in 2008, which was 5.8% more than in 2007 (3,260 billion kWh) and it is expected to rise to 3,810 billion kWh in 2010. Installed capacity had grown by the end of 2009 to 874 GWe, up 10.2% on the previous year’s 793 GWe, which was 11% above the previous year’s 713 GWe.2 Capacity growth is expected to slow, reaching about 1600 GWe in 2020. At the end of 2007, there was reported to be 145 GWe of hydro capacity, 554 GWe fossil fuel, 9 GWe nuclear and 4 GWe wind, total 713 GWe. In 2008, the country added 20.1 GWe of hydro capacity, 65.8 GWe coal-fired capacity, and 4.7 GWe wind.”


  3. China may soon give up windmills and solar or sell ’em cheap to the West while in the meantime:

    BBC – 3 January 2011
    “China has developed its own technologies that will enable it to reprocess spent nuclear fuel, state television has reported.
    State television says the country currently has enough known uranium for at most 70 years.

    It claims this new process could mean that supply will now last for 3,000 years.”

    • Jimbo,

      If you look into it you will discover that that Chinese claim was an overblown marketing ploy designed to soften up uranium prices which have recently almost doubled due to, guess what, Chinese demand. But it didn’t work, and uranium prices kept going up.

      As Confused Us said, don’t believe everything the Chinese government, or any government for that matter, says.

      Ain’t it fantastic the way there is no inflation and the economy is improving so much and how Obama can spend so much more while spending less.

  4. Hey HTL. I’ve been looking forward to your comments on the Steig-O’Donnell ruckus but there’s been nothing but silence.

    Where you bin? Off strip-mining Europa I hope…

    • BTW, I’m from Australia, and have been PAINFULLY put through the likes of the watermelons Bob Brown and Christine Milne saying that the floods of Brisbane and the Cat 5-4-3 Cyclone Yazoo both being caused by AGW. I promise I’m not a warmista, just curious ‘where you bin’ (Aussie aboriginal joke).

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