What should American policy be toward China on climate change? Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke traveled to China last week to discuss ways the two countries can collaborate on reducing the risks of climate change. But the Chinese continue to oppose binding limits on emissions of global warming pollution. They insist that the U.S. and other industrialized countries must take the lead. Will China and the U.S. reach some accommodation by the U.N.'s Copenhagen conference in December?
Meanwhile, China is accused of adopting protectionist policies that favor its own green energy technology companies and block U.S. and other foreign companies. How should the U.S. respond? Will the trade provisions included in the House climate bill to protect steel, aluminum and other domestic energy-intensive manufacturers leverage Chinese cooperation or only get their backs up?