Republicans have long alleged that President Joe Biden has been compromised by his son’s relationship with business figures from China. However, that isn’t the only Chinese connection to raise eyebrows.
As the Daily Wire reported, a senior Biden administration official recently expressed admiration for China’s approach to so-called green energy and suggested this county should adopt a similar track.
Energy secretary praises China’s supposed commitment to alternative energy
According to the website, Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made that claim while attending the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas this past Friday.
During the event, New York Times contributor Wajahat Ali asked Granholm about plans to meet the 2015 United Nations Paris Agreement goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Specifically, Ali wanted to know how Granholm expected to “hold China and ourselves accountable for what we are doing around the world.”
The secretary responded that America is pushing other nations to create “aggressive” climate policies in order “to make sure that we don’t get climate — global warming happening over, you know, 1.5 degrees.”
“We can all learn from what China is doing”
She then went on to praise China, saying it “has done — has been very sensitive, and has actually invested a lot in their solutions, to achieve their goals.”
“So we’re — we’re hopeful that, you know, we can all learn from what China is doing,” Granholm continued, adding, “The amount of money that they’re investing in clean energy is actually, you know, encouraging.”
Meanwhile, some observers say that the Biden administration has exhibited a dangerous level of naiveté when it comes to China’s communist regime.
One of those critics is Frank DeVore, who serves as chief national initiatives officer at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Expert says China uses climate change “to engage gullible Westerners”
He told Fox News last month, “The Biden administration and frankly, too many policymakers in Washington, D.C., continue to see China as a partner. They look at things like cooperation with climate change as one of the things that we should be working with China on.”
“I find [it] utterly remarkable that Chairman Xi [Jinping] of China and the Chinese Communist Party gives a tinker’s damn about the planet’s climate or climate change,” DeVore continued.
“It is merely a device to engage gullible Westerners into thinking that somehow we can get meaningful cooperation,” he insisted.
As evidence, DeVore pointed to how China is building over half of the world’s coal-fired power generating stations. He noted that the Chinese government’s preference comes from a desire to limit its reliance on foreign energy sources.