Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The United Steelworkers union filed a trade complaint with the U.S. government against renewable- energy products from China, urging an investigation of subsidies and preferences given by that nation.
Illegal export credits, preferences in bidding, restrictions on the export of minerals used in production and discrimination against foreign firms give Chinese producers an unfair advantage over competitors, the union said.
“They are subsidizing the export of these clean-energy products to the United States and then putting up walls to prevent us from exporting there,” Tom Conway, the union’s vice president, said in an interview.
The complaint that China is doing too much to help its companies expand clean-energy sales contrasts with international efforts to encourage renewable energy and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in order to curb global warming. The complaint says that China’s aid, unlike that in the U.S., discriminates against foreign producers.