United States Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm claimed in an interview that America can "learn from what China is doing" regarding climate change, while defending the nation against claims that it is among the bigger contributors to the perceived problem.
Granholm was interviewed at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas, and according to Fox News, she told viewers that China is "very sensitive" on the issue of climate change, even more so than the United States.
China "has been very sensitive, and has actually invested a lot in their solutions, to achieve their goals," Granholm said in an interview with Wajahat Ali.
Ali asked Granholm about the U.S. and China inflicting "damage on the world," asking her, "How do we hold China and ourselves accountable for what we are doing around the world?"
The U.S. is trying to "get all of these countries to agree to very aggressive targets to be able to make sure that we don’t get climate — global warming happening over, you know, 1.5 degrees," she answered.
"I mean, there’s a couple of countries that we know are outliers and don’t care," the energy secretary explained, before reportedly clarifying that China isn't one of them.
After echoing popular climate dogma that sets a goal of "net zero by 2050," Granholm said that the United States is "really pushing other countries to do the same."
"So we’re — we’re hopeful that, you know, we can all learn from what China is doing," she added.
Iowa Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson responded to Granholm's interview saying, "Fact check: China is the world’s top polluter."
Texas Republican Rep. August Pfluger commented that Granholm is "siding with China against American energy producers."
Secretary Granholm praised China's investments in her interview, saying that "the amount of money that they’re investing in clean energy is actually, you know, encouraging."
According to Bloomberg, China was leading the way at the start of 2023 in terms of investment in renewable energies.
"China was by far the leading country for attracting energy transition investment, accounting for $546 billion or nearly half of the global total," the report reads, noting that the U.S. is a distant second at $141 billion.
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