My 15 seconds of fame with U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Steven Chu:
Angel Hsu, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, told the commission that the United States is “already late in coming to the game” of green energy cooperation with China.
She noted that the Chinese already have long-standing partnerships with European nations, Japan and several developing nations. In the months before the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, she pointed out, China and Japan unveiled no fewer than 42 clean energy projects under way. Meanwhile, China isn’t waiting for money from richer nations. To the contrary, it last year pledged $10 billion in aid to Africa — including the construction of 100 clean energy projects.
“The good news is that while the United States may have shown up late to the game, it’s not over yet,” Hsu testified. “All the pieces are in place for the United States and China to work together on clean energy research, energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean coal and carbon capture and sequestration projects, and clean vehicle technology.”
Still, she argued, neither country has put in enough resources yet to adequately move the partnerships forward.