January 27th, 2010
10:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Castellanos: China's 'clean energy'?

(CNN) - "China's not waiting to revamp its economy," President Obama said Wednesday night. "Germany's not waiting. India's not waiting. These nations aren't standing still. They are making serious investments in clean energy because they want those jobs."
What was that? China's economy is growing because of its investments in "clean energy"? Really?

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    And Europe is figuring how to cut it's spending, not increase it.

    January 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. Eric

    Did he say China's economy is growing because of clean energy or that China's not waiting to revamp its economy?

    January 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. etranger

    Actually, "REALLY." Try reading what goes on in the world outside of Republican magical thinking. Even the middle-brow thinker Thomas Friedman notes how China is increasing investments in green technologies.


    January 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  4. Bala Prasad

    Ok that's not what he said. Please listen carefully before opening your mouth. It's venom like you that's ruining this country. What he said was, China is not waiting around to improve infrastructure, and, yes, China is spending heavily on clean energy!

    January 27, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Dan

    China has spent billions on improving their energy.

    Maybe you should look at the solar companies in China.
    Maybe you should look at the billions Germany has spent on solar.

    America cannot afford to borrow from China to buy energy from Venezuela, Iran, and other countries that hate us.

    If you care about our military, you know it is important for us to stop giving these evil empires money.

    When we buy oil from Saudi, it raises the price that Iran and Venezuela charge for oil. They buy more weapons, work on building nuclear bombs with that money. They use that money to beat their citizens.

    If you believe in freedom, America must find ways to become energy independent. Listen to T. Boone Pickens.

    January 27, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Sd

    Really? Is that the best you can come up with?

    January 27, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Bob Vavra

    Of course they're investing in manufacturing the products to produce clean energy. They're just not yet around to using it themselves. Given a choice right this minute, I'd rather be manufacturing clean energy technology than worrying about whether China uses it. If the priority is jobs, this is where the jobs are. But Republicans deny there IS a global warming issue, which puts them right in step with China.

    January 27, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. John Burns

    NIce straw man. That's not what he said.

    What he said was China is investing in green technology, as is Japan, as is Germany.

    Can you really not discuss anything without being dishonest?

    January 27, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  9. Leonardo

    Yeah. China is building high speed rail, they are poised to overtake the us in solar and wind generation. Wouldn't you call that a clean energy revolution in China?

    We will get our behinds kicked in these emerging technologies if we don't compete.

    I suppose Republicans really don't care

    January 27, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. felix

    What kind of republican strategist are you? And what do you want to tell us with your statement? 🙂 you're a negative idiot 🙂

    January 27, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  11. Dan

    apparently you haven't read the international section of the newspapers in some time alex. china's jumping us in leaps and bounds in clean energy. they're building a massive nationwide smart grid, deploying wind and solar with lightening speed, and funding innovation like the US did during the space race. so yes, really, China's economy is growing because of its investments in "clean energy."

    January 27, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. C.R.

    Sorry it's hard for you, Mr. Castellanos, to understand that we are borrowing money from China to buy products made in China. Clear enough for you?

    January 27, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    China has been planning wind farms and solar power plants. They are also buying more fuel efficient trains. That is their clean energy plan as of this point. I am sure that there will be more to follow despite their massive coal plant production.

    January 27, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  14. Steve

    He meant manufacturing (i.e. solar cells, wind turbines), and you know that, Castellanos.

    Yes, 'Really'.

    January 27, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Adam

    Yes, really. They are making more investments than we are!

    January 27, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  16. fred

    Yes really! Not having private sector dinosaurs who like the swamp the way it is to deal with, the Chinese are surging ahead of us in modernization! They know they have to rebuild their country so they are building a twenty-first century one instead of burying their head in the 20th (earl 20th at that) century sand.

    January 27, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  17. joe

    Check out which country makes the most solar panels.

    January 27, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  18. M Hoffman

    Mr Castellanos- China is investing heavily in green tech as per the following NPR report "One group of Western companies, the Cleantech Initiative, suggests China's market for renewable energy could eventually be worth as much as $500 billion to $1 trillion a year."
    We here in the US aren't getting close to that sort of investment from our govt in clean green tech. So you sir should check your facts before posting cute smarmy responses to the presidents statements.

    January 27, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Asobinin

    Yes, that's right. China is investing in clean energy because that's what smart and growing economies do. You would know that if you knew anything about international commerce. But, you wouldn't because you are nothing but a pundit, a sound-byte masterblaster. I bet your mamma's real proud.

    January 27, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. michael

    Hey, maybe look into what China is doing with solar power investment.

    January 27, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  21. Nea

    I just want Congress to work together im tired of this too i dont care who is right and who is wrong.

    January 28, 2010 01:55 am at 1:55 am |