Brown Agrees with Steelworkers: China’s Green Tech Subsidies Unfair

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Thursday, September 09, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is backing a petition filed to the Obama administration today by the United Steelworkers that accuses China of violating World Trade Organization rules by unfairly subsidizing exports of materials and equipment necessary to develop green energy technology.

In a statement, Brown said:

There is nothing normal or fair about the way China trades. If we are going to compete in the global clean energy manufacturing industry, we need strong trade enforcement. Every day we delay enforcing trade rules, China spends $51 million a day to speed past us in the race to lead the world in clean energy manufacturing, while elbowing competition out of the way through unfair subsidies and discriminatory tactics.

I applaud the United Steelworkers for filing this petition, and urge the Administration to work without delay alongside workers and businesses to challenge China’s trade practices at the WTO.

The United Steelworkers, in the petition, called on the Obama administration to challenge the subsidies through the WTO process.

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If you think China is spending too much money on Green tech, then how about pressuring the US government to do the same? This way Green tech can be developed in half the time and everyone will benefit. As it stands now, only China seems to be taking the development of Green tech seriously, while the US is dragging its feet. China should be applauded with the commitment they're making in furthering Green technology and its not their fault the the US is not willing to go to the same extremed in order to develop their own Green technologies.


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