China Miniseries (4 of 5): Market Maker-What China's Clean-Energy Push Means for America

Jeffrey Ball, Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance

Clean-energy technologies are growing up. Now, if they’re going to become a significant part of the global energy mix, the world’s approach to them will have to grow up too. That will require a less emotional, more rational understanding of the changing relationship between China and the U.S. in the global clean-energy race. The two countries have sharply different agendas in this competition, yet each needs the other if it’s to achieve its own goals. The surest sign of that dependence comes in following the money: Clean-energy investment is ramping up in both directions across the Pacific. Yet this relationship is prompting increasing unease and debate. In this session, a longtime writer about energy and the environment explores how China’s clean-energy push is affecting American industry and consumers — and how America, moving forward, might play most effectively to its own clean-energy strengths.

Monday, May 13, 2013 | 4:15 pm — 5:15 pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Huang Engineering Center

Precourt Institute for Energy
Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford