U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm faced criticism from Republican lawmakers after she cited China as an example to follow in the fight against climate change.
At the annual SXSW conference, Granholm praised China’s efforts to address climate change, stating that the country “has been very sensitive, and has actually invested a lot in their solutions, to achieve their goals.”
Her remarks received a hostile response from GOP House members, who accused her of “siding with China against American energy producers.”
The US and China have agreed to cooperate on climate change, though some experts do not believe China is as serious about climate protection as the country claims.
However, China recently achieved its coal production record, with 55% of its energy coming from coal compared to 11% in the US.
US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praised China’s efforts to tackle climate change at the annual SXSW conference.
Her comments were met with criticism from Republican lawmakers who accused her of siding with China against American energy producers.
The US and China have agreed to cooperate on the climate crisis, though experts doubt China’s seriousness about protecting the climate. China recently hit its coal production record, with 55% of its energy coming from coal compared to 11% in the US.
There are calls for the Biden administration to hold China accountable for its pollution levels.
The comments made by US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm praising China’s efforts to tackle climate change may have been ill-judged, given China’s record on pollution.
However, the response from Republican lawmakers appears overly politicized, with accusations that Granholm is siding with China against American energy producers.
This type of rhetoric does nothing to address the serious challenge of climate change and instead stokes political division.
The US and China must work together on this issue, with the US playing its part in reducing its own carbon footprint while also encouraging China to reduce its pollution levels.
It is time for political posturing to be set aside in the pursuit of a shared goal for the benefit of future generations.