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Feb 1, 2010

Silicon Valley Faces Fierce Competition in Cleantech (San Jose Mercury News)

By John Bourdeau February 1, 2010 CHANGZHOU, China — In other tech revolutions of recent decades, Silicon Valley became the uncontested global leader. The region's ability to innovate its way to the top in cleantech, though, is far from guaranteed. Competition is fierce and global, with trillions of dollars at stake. One of the valley's greatest challenges comes from here. China's drive to be a dominant power in the emerging global cleantech industry was on display one recent morning on the campus of the nation's third-largest solar-panel maker, Trina Solar. New assembly-line employees, in an exercise designed to instill discipline, marched military-style around the grid-like campus, chanting responses to a drill leader dressed in army fatigues.
Jan 31, 2010

China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy (NY Times)

Announcements Monday, Feb 24, 2014 China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy (NY Times) By Keith Bradsher January 31, 2010 TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year. China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants. These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China.
Jan 27, 2010

Davos-Special Report-Is clean tech China's moon shot? (Reuters)

Reuters (Carried by The New York Times) January 27, 2010 CAN THE MARKETS PREVAIL? Some Western analysts still believe a markets-oriented approach works best and will ultimately prevail. They argue that subsidised inputs will result in a less efficient industry, more focused on volume than cost and quality. 'The best solutions come out of a competitive environment,' said the Carbon Trust's Sykes. The focus on adding new capacity has also run ahead of grid connections, meaning many Chinese turbines may never actually produce electricity.
Jan 10, 2010

Who's Sleeping Now? (NY Times)

By Thomas L. Friedman January 10, 2010 C. H. Tung, the first Chinese-appointed chief executive of Hong Kong after the handover in 1997, offered me a three-sentence summary the other day of China’s modern economic history: “China was asleep during the Industrial Revolution. She was just waking during the Information Technology Revolution. She intends to participate fully in the Green Revolution.”
Dec 21, 2009

Green Giant - Beijing's Crash Program for Clean Energy (The New Yorker)

By Evan Osnos December 21, 2009 On March 3, 1986, four of China’s top weapons scientists—each a veteran of the missile and space programs—sent a private letter to Deng Xiaoping, the leader of the country. Their letter was a warning: Decades of relentless focus on militarization had crippled the country’s civilian scientific establishment; China must join the world’s xin jishu geming, the “new technological revolution,” they said, or it would be left behind. They called for an élite project devoted to technology ranging from biotech to space research. Deng agreed, and scribbled on the letter, “Action must be taken on this now.” This was China’s “Sputnik moment,” and the project was code-named the 863 Program, for the year and month of its birth. In the years that followed, the government pumped billions of dollars into labs and universities and enterprises, on projects ranging from cloning to underwater robots. Then, in 2001, Chinese officials abruptly expanded one program in particular: energy technology.
Oct 19, 2009

A Race to Win the Clean-Tech Market, or an Opportunity to Cooperate? (NY Times)

Lisa Friedman of ClimateWire October 19, 2009 BAODING, China -- Water once ruled this teeming urban center, back when its most famous commodity was vegetables, when the farms outnumbered the apartments, and before the town's landmark 11-story building was surpassed by hundreds twice that size. Equipment manufacturing was a major part of the economy in this one-time agricultural center about 85 miles southwest of Beijing, but the region's water quality also made film production one of the city's top industries. Digital cameras put a swift end to that, city leaders said. And so began the hunt for something new. Baoding found it in 'green' energy, specifically the manufacturing of wind turbines and solar photovoltaics (PV).
Sep 27, 2009

The New Sputnik (NY Times)

By Thomas L. Friedman September 27, 2009 Most people would assume that 20 years from now when historians look back at 2008-09, they will conclude that the most important thing to happen in this period was the Great Recession. I’d hold off on that. If we can continue stumbling out of this economic crisis, I believe future historians may well conclude that the most important thing to happen in the last 18 months was that Red China decided to become Green China. Yes, China’s leaders have decided to go green — out of necessity because too many of their people can’t breathe, can’t swim, can’t fish, can’t farm and can’t drink thanks to pollution from its coal- and oil-based manufacturing growth engine. And, therefore, unless China powers its development with cleaner energy systems, and more knowledge-intensive businesses without smokestacks, China will die of its own development.
May 2, 2007

China's Coal-Fueled Boom Has Costs

Dr. Fuqiang Yang, CSEP's Chief Representative in Beijing, discusses the cost of coal to China's environment on National Public Radio.
Apr 27, 2007

Is China Outdoing the US in Curbing Carbon?

China's plans to limit emissions and boost efficiency could undercut a key argument against carbon dioxide limits in the US. With comments from Dr. Mark Levine of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and CSEP's Douglas Ogden.
Oct 18, 2006

Tax System to Rein In Energy Use

To address the urgent need for energy conservation, China's governmental bodies and research institutes are working on a taxation system to curb soaring energy consumption.
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