We’ve long highlighted the missed opportunity by the U.S. to get ahead of others on, well, anything related to climate. This holds true for renewable energy technology and generation, particularly solar. And when we say others, we generally mean China.
But apparently, it’s okay that this is happening. According to Congressman Cliff Stearns, “We can’t compete with China to make solar panels and wind turbines.” Stearns let this slide out in an interview to NPR on Monday. Stearns, a Florida Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, is one of the main voices clamoring about the Solyndra affair. Seems Stearns’ investigations into Solyndra have distracted him from the fact that the U.S. was a net exporter of solar technology this year, to the tune of $1.9 billion. Had he considered this fact, alongside our economic situation, he may have seen what we see—a statement that, if it wasn’t so sad, might actually be insulting to American ingenuity and production.
Instead, we will have more “Made in China” coming to you, compliments of the Republican Party. (For more on this subject, see Speaker Boehner’s comments on the China currency measure currently under consideration by the Senate.)