Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Barack Obama can only admit defeat at Hu Jintao's clean energy record

President Barack Obama will most likely be anticipating the arrival of China's premier Hu Jintao with no small amount of trepidation.

In 2009, the two countries announced cooperation on clean energy. US energy secretary, Stephen Chu, and Chinese representatives this morning signed a joint plan on the Clean Energy Research Centre. But since that first agreement two years ago, US commitment to the "green revolution" has not kept pace with China.

The New York Times reported at the weekend on the closure of Evergreen, a solar PV manufacturing plant in Devens, Massachusetts, which is moving operations to Wuhan, China. It's a familiar story across the country. Obama's green incentives for manufacturers of solar panels and wind turbines seem never enough to stem the flow of manufacturers to Asia.

Monday, January 3, 2011