- Six US mayors participated in the U.S. Heartland China Association’s Yangtze-Mississippi Municipality Energy Transition Exchange project.
- The exchange aimed to promote best practices between communities along the two major rivers in energy transition, climate mitigation, and green economy.
- Several mayors praised China’s approach to green energy policies, particularly in electric vehicle investments and carbon-reducing infrastructure.
US Mayors were sent to China by a Chinese foreign influence group, meeting with communist leaders to collaborate on "climate change," "renewable energy," & "sustainability."
One Mayor wanted to bring CCP ruling tactics "back to her community."
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Six mayors from the United States took part in an exchange with the Chinese government as part of the U.S. Heartland China Association’s Yangtze-Mississippi Municipality Energy Transition Exchange project. The participating mayors were Mayor Jim Brainard of Carmel, Indiana; Mayor Barbara Buffaloe of Columbia, Missouri; Mayor Lee Harris of Shelby County, Tennessee; Mayor Chokwe Lumumba from Jackson, Mississippi; Mayor Kim Norton of Rochester, Minnesota; and Mayor Robyn Tannehill of Oxford, Mississippi.
The exchange aimed to promote best practices between communities along the two major rivers, particularly in regards to “energy transition, climate mitigation, and green economy.” The two sides discussed opportunities for possible collaboration and visited Voyah Automobile, a Chinese-state owned luxury car manufacturer now specializing in electric vehicles. These cars are reportedly sold in Russia, Israel, Turkey, and Belarus, as well as China.
As reported by Natalie Winters, several of the mayors praised China’s approach to green energy policies. Specifically, electric vehicle investments and alleged carbon-reducing infrastructure were Chinese policies that some of the mayors hoped to implement in the United States. “We were talking about climate change,” said Columbia, Missouri, Mayor Buffaloe. “I know that in order for us to solve climate change, or at least reduce the impacts it’s having on our communities and make sure we have a planet for our future generations, that it’s going to take us working on things like electrical vehicle transformation, renewable energy both production, as well as scale and supply.”
Buffaloe went on to state that the “best practices” she learned in China should be implemented in American communities. “It’s about our communities learning from one another, sharing these best practices, and then implementing them in our own communities. We need all kinds of exchanges with China.”
“China is quickly making the right kinds of investments, and those are investments in infrastructure, that’s investments in reducing carbon emissions, that’s investments in new tech like electric vehicles, and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Buffaloe.
Mayor Brainard of Carmel, Indiana, said that the work conducted alongside Chinese politicians should be implemented worldwide. “Collaboration between U.S. and Chinese mayors not only benefits the hundreds of millions of people living in our two countries, but the ongoing joint work will lead to best practices that can be applied around the world.” Brainard also signed a sister cities agreement between Carmel, Indiana, and Xiangyang, Hubei, China.
Clear Thoughts (op-ed)
It’s no surprise that six US mayors returned from their visit to Wuhan, China, singing praises for the Chinese government’s approach to green energy policies. The U.S. Heartland China Association’s Yangtze-Mississippi Municipality Energy Transition Exchange project was a clear attempt to promote Chinese “best practices” in energy transition, climate mitigation, and green economy.
However, it’s important to remember the broader context of China’s environmental track record. The nation remains the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and has a history of prioritizing economic growth over environmental concerns.
Sure, electric vehicle investments and carbon-reducing infrastructure are commendable, but we must not overlook the fact that China’s actions often don’t match their rhetoric. While these mayors hope to implement some of these practices in the United States, we should be cautious about blindly following China’s lead.
Instead, let’s focus on fostering innovation and collaboration within our own communities, ensuring that we develop sustainable solutions that truly benefit our citizens and the environment, rather than simply adopting policies from a government with questionable motives.
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