A trade squabble has broken out between the U.S. and China over government assistance for solar and wind power and other “green” technologies. The U.S. made the first move with the Oct. 15 announcement by U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk that his office is launching an investigation into whether China engaged in unfair practices regarding its support to renewable-energy programs. Kirk’s action, under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, came 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
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