The issue of China's support for renewables has taken center stage in a United States Trade Representative ("USTR") complaint alleging that China unfairly subsidizes its greentech industries, in violation of its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization ("WT0"). Well before that investigation began, numerous Americans believed the United States was less engaged in greentech promotion than China, and many feel the United States is falling behind. New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman has been perhaps the most active proponent of this view, but he has plenty of company. If recent reports are to be believed, China could be generating more electricity from renewables in 2020 than any other nation on Earth. It has also advanced rapidly in private sector spending on renewable energy technology and research and development spending.
Joel B. Eisen, China's Greentech Programs and the USTR Investigation, 11 Sustainable Dev. L. & Pol'y, Climate Law Reporter 3 (2011).