Hoffa’s most ludicrous inference is that China somehow is responsible for manufacturers of solar paneling and wind turbines cutting jobs and closing factories in the United States. This is simply a ploy to deny federal policy that has and continues to undermine energy security and worsen conditions of catastrophic climate change. You could make a case that the U.S. now is unable to compete with China in the production of low-carbon, non-nuclear sources of electric power. If we look at such non-competitiveness and its genesis, along with inaction in response to findings about dangerously rising levels of carbon dioxide, then I think the miscreants are not on the other side of the world. As Nassim Taleb said: “Using leverage to cure the problems of too much leverage is denial.”
China is breaking the trade rules that the rest of the world follows in order to dominate production of clean energy… Our brothers and sisters at the United Steel Workers are prodding the government to take action against China. Last week they filed a 5,800-page petition asking the U.S. Trade Representative to restrain China from five sets of unfair policies and practices.
The steelworkers say the Chinese government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidized loans and cheap land deals to promote their clean-energy industry illegally.
More to the truth of the matter; Emperor Fossil has a concern: renewable energy growth in China is greater than coal. AP reports that China rejected a U.S. union’s trade complaint over Beijing’s support for clean energy industries and said Wednesday such criticism is hypocritical at a time when China is under pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Still, displacement is a common tactic, and focusing on China is a way to counteract a Solar Bill of Rights and the observation of the author that “the full promise of solar power is being restrained by the tyranny of policies that protect our competitors, subsidize wealthy polluters and disadvantage green entrepreneurs.” And, while the Republicrats consider the steelworkers’ complaint, denial of a clear and present danger persists. Saying the complaint was hypocritical is politeness; this blog prefers the term malefic.
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