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Why is it im­por­tant for China and the US to co­op­er­ate on de­vel­op­ing clean en­ergy?

Robert Malay, di­rec­tor of the US-China Clean En­ergy Re­search Cen­ter, of­fice of pol­icy and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, at the US Depart­ment of En­ergy, listed them in re­marks to the MIT (Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy) Club of Wash­ing­ton in Fe­bru­ary last year:

• US and China are the world’s largest economies.

• US and China are the world’s largest pro­duc­ers and con­sumers of en­ergy, and share many com­mon chal­lenges and com­mon in­ter­ests.

• China and the US to­gether ac­count for 40 per­cent of an­nual global emis­sions of green­house gases.

• Both coun­tries are highly de­pen­dent on coal for elec­tric­ity – about 50 per­cent in the US and 80 per­cent in China.

• Sig­nif­i­cant ac­tions by both na­tions are crit­i­cal to com­bat cli­mate change glob­ally.

• Both are heav­ily re­liant on for­eign re­sources of oil.

• Both rec­og­nize the vi­tal im­por­tance of se­cure af­ford­able and clean en­ergy.

• Both face com­mon chal­lenges of di­ver­si­fy­ing sources of en­ergy and trans­form­ing users of en­ergy.

• Both see strength­en­ing sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery, as a means to in­spire eco­nomic com­pet­i­tive­ness and qual­ity of life through in­no­va­tion.

• Both coun­tries are ex­pand­ing 21st century in­fra­struc­ture, most of which has yet to be built and can be sig­nif­i­cantly in­flu­enced by ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.


A pho­to­voltaic power sta­tion stands next to a wind power farm in Zhangji­akou, North China’s He­bei prov­ince.

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