BlueGreen Alliance Statement on USW Section 301 Petition

The BlueGreen Alliance said the United Steelworkers' Section 301 petition underscores the importance that the United States act quickly to take advantage of the job-creating opportunities of the clean energy economy.

September 9, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2010) After the United Steelworkers today filed a petition under Section 301 of U.S. Trade laws alleging that the Chinese government has violated international trade law by providing hundreds of billions of dollars of illegal subsidies to its green technology producers and exporters, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director David Foster:

“Today’s Section 301 petition filed by the United Steelworkers underscores the importance that the United States act quickly to take advantage of the job-creating opportunities of the clean energy economy. Every day America delays action is another day that China capitalizes on jobs created in the production of clean energy technologies that could and should be developed, manufactured, and installed in the United States.

“For many years, we have stood by as misguided trade policies sent millions of jobs to other countries. With comprehensive climate legislation and renewable energy policies, we have an opportunity to reverse this trend and create millions of good jobs, including jobs manufacturing the component parts of clean energy technologies right here at home, and to establish the United States as the undisputed global leader in the race for clean energy.”