Union Accuses China of Illegal Clean Energy Subsidies

HONG KONG — The United Steelworkers union filed a legal case with the Obama administration on Thursday morning, accusing China of violating World Trade Organization rules by subsidizing exports of clean energy equipment to the United States. 

The filing, more than 5,000 pages long and 18 inches thick, contends that the central government in Beijing and China’s provincial governments have used land grants, low-interest loans and dozens of other measures that violate W.T.O. rules.

Leo W. Gerard, the union’s president, said in a conference call with reporters after the filing that China’s violations of free-trade rules have helped Chinese companies expand their share of the world market for wind turbines, solar panels, nuclear power plants and other clean energy equipment, at the expense of jobs in the United States and elsewhere.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/business/energy-environment/10steel.html?_r=1&hp

 

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