Levin presses Obama to ‘promptly investigate’ China on green energy

Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinTed Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it A package proposal for repatriation Silencing of Warren another example of hyperpartisan Senate MORE (D-Mich.) on Wednesday urged President Obama to quickly act on allegations that China’s green-energy subsidies are violating World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Levin, in a letter to the White House, backs the United Steelworkers’ formal petition to the U.S. Trade Representative last week. Senators including Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownRNC drops six-figure ad buy for Supreme Court, healthcare fight Overnight Finance: White House backs off stock market boasts as Dow, Nasdaq drop | Trump budget shifts costs to rural voters who elected him | Fight over CEO pay rule heats up Overnight Finance: Biz groups endorse Trump's Labor pick | New CBO score coming before health bill vote | Lawmakers push back on public broadcasting cuts MORE (D-Ohio) and Ron WydenRon WydenOvernight Finance: US preps cases linking North Korea to Fed heist | GOP chair says Dodd-Frank a 2017 priority | Chamber pushes lawmakers on Trump's trade pick | Labor nominee faces Senate Dem senator: House Intel chairman may have revealed classified info US Chamber urges quick vote on USTR nominee Lighthizer MORE (D-Ore.) are also backing the Steelworkers’ petition.

“It has become alarmingly obvious that China seeks to dominate the renewable energy industry through measures that discriminate against foreign manufacturers in this important and growing field,” Levin writes, calling on the trade representative to “promptly investigate.”

The union alleges that various Chinese subsidies and preferences for domestic firms are harming U.S. companies and freezing them out of a growing market. The union wants the administration to bring a case against China before the WTO.

Levin, an ally of his state’s manufacturing sector, said the union’s claims are accurate.

“With green technologies promising to be a growth sector in manufacturing, American companies cannot afford to compete with a Chinese government willing to break international trade rules and norms,” Levin writes. “The Chinese government’s requirement to use domestic suppliers and production for green and renewable technology is patently unfair.”

“It also requires a significant percentage of these products to be exported, in order to guarantee that its domestic companies will dominate this important sector,” he added.