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.