The U.S. Trade Representative is launching a investigation of whether China engaged in unfair practices regarding solar and wind power and other "green" technologies. KIRK The action, announced by USTR Ron Kirk on Oct. 15, comes in response to a petition filed by the United Steelworkers (USW) union on Sept. 9. The USW contends that China has carried out a range of actions that run counter to World Trade Organization policies. The U.S. is taking the action under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act. Kirk said that green technologies are "a vitally important sector for the United States." He
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