WASHINGTON, DC (July 5, 2012) – In response to the Obama administration’s decision to file a complaint at the World Trade Organization over duties imposed by China on American-made vehicles, BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released the following statement:
“BlueGreen Alliance is pleased to hear the Obama administration is standing up to ensure U.S.-made cars and trucks compete on a level playing field in the Chinese market.
“A few short years ago U.S. automakers were on the brink, but thanks to reinvestment and a commitment to build the cleaner cars demanded in America and throughout the world, the Detroit Three are back and posting record profits. Cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles from America are good for consumers, oil security and the environment here and abroad and these duties would hinder their deployment in China.
“It is unfortunate that, as in most international trade cases, action cannot be taken until economic damage has been done. China benefits when the American economy is doing well, and our auto manufacturing sector has helped propel the economic recovery. The Obama administration is doing the right thing by insisting China honor its sovereign trade agreements and international trade commitments by allowing American-made cars and trucks to compete fairly in their market.”