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