The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement last week from Denise Bode, AWEA CEO, in response to United Steelworkers (USW) filing a trade case against China:
“China and many other countries are using every tool at their disposal to lead in clean energy manufacturing including strong renewable energy targets. The US has an opportunity right now to stay in the game by passing an RES–one of the very few policies that has bipartisan support in Congress. The RES is necessary to drive investment in wind energy manufacturing here in the US, and ensure continued growth of domestic content in wind turbines.
As AWEA and USW agreed in our Partnership for Progress, the development of domestic supply chains and a robust manufacturing sector is critical to the long-term health of the wind industry. We jointly recognize that providing the appropriate incentives and commitments can grow the American wind energy manufacturing sector, creating new good jobs and enhancing our economic future.
The US and China are competing for new investment in wind energy manufacturing and the jobs that come with growing a new sector. We are reviewing the trade case and as the representative of hundreds of manufacturers with operations in the US we are very interested in making sure these companies have a fair shot in the global market place. Any practice that tilts the global playing field unfairly would be of serious concern.”
Now AWEA has been pushing for a national RES for some time now, and they aren’t the only ones. In fact, I just ran across another press release stating the concern companies such as Iberdrola Renewables, GE Energy, and the Union of Concerned Scientists have with our weak national renewable energy policy. So what’s the hold up! Is it that senators don’t believe their constituents want a strong national RES? Is it that there is just so much bickering in the senate that they can’t even agree on something they all agree upon? With all of AWEA’s campaigning to have wind proponents call up their senators and representatives urging them to pass a strong RES before the November mid-term elections, you would think the needle would at least be moving in the right direction, right?
Also, how often do we hear about how renewable jobs can/will help the unemployment rate right here in the U.S.? I know that our elected officials are worried about that (mainly because high unemployment on the ground means high turnover on the hill). What do you all think? I want your input, I want to hear what you think the problem is and how we can fix it.
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