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U.S. Mayors Praise China’s Green Energy Approach

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  • 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.

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.

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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.

Let us know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Donna J Binks

    January 26, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP! CHINA ARE BUILDING MORE COAL FIRED PLANTS!!!! THEY ARE UNCARING ABOUT LOWERING AIR QUALITY!!!!!!!

    • Rosie46

      March 21, 2024 at 10:56 am

      Exactly. And they want to invade and cause damage to us. Send thise mayors to live there.

  2. Ed Kissinger

    January 26, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    More stooges for communist China. These people are either really stupid or are getting some cash transfers to their off shore accounts.

  3. Disgusted AMERICAN

    January 26, 2024 at 6:52 pm

    These mayors need to be REMOVED ASAP as they are committing treason against the AMERICAN public and are stuffing their pockets with BLOOD money by selling the CITIZENS out.

    • VERA

      January 27, 2024 at 1:42 pm

      OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT AT WORK. TIME TO CLEAN IT OUT.VOTE TRUMP IN 2024 UNLESS YOU DO NOT CARE FOR OUR NATION.

  4. BobF

    January 26, 2024 at 6:56 pm

    So a handful of loser mayors of small towns feel the need to virtue signal – BFD. Ms Binks is spot on, pointing out China having had built 100+ more coal fired power plants just last year…and I suspect the reason that Lurch Kerry or that little ‘tard Greta don’t go over to chide President Xi is because they know that Xi will simply disappear them.
    But funnier still is that these idiot mayors apparently haven’t heard about Hertz selling off it’s entire fleet of EVs, or the massive troubles folks in the northern part of the country have had with battery power and very cold weather (frankly, it really calls into question the intelligence of the mayor of Rochester, for that matter), and of course no mention is ever made about the cost in both dollars and environmentally of tossing and replacing the battery packs.

  5. BobF

    January 26, 2024 at 6:58 pm

    It’s funny – I just read Dean Koontz’s book “The Bad Weather Friend” and so enjoyed one paragraph on page 171 that I made a note of it – here it is (for reference, “Spike” is the name of one of the main characters)

    “Having come from Boca Raton, Florida, in a crate, Spike took an almost childlike delight in driving the Explorer. “There’s nothing quite so invigorating, so freeing, as piloting a gasoline-powered vehicle along an open road. Years from now, when all the vehicles are electric, when tens of millions of acres of Earth’s surface have been destroyed by open-pit mining for the enormous quantities of lithium and cobalt and nickel and copper required for EVs, when thousands of new landfills have been crammed full of batteries that can’t be recycled and are leaking horrifying toxins into the water table, when thousands of square miles of windmills have made extinct hundreds of species of birds with disastrous environmental effects, I will still—always, always—remember this special and exhilarating night, chauffeuring you two hither and yon in the dogged pursuit of justice, my destiny buddies.”

    • Go Woke Go Broke leftist losers

      January 26, 2024 at 7:58 pm

      BOBF WOW great stuff you rock dude I love it! Now I’m going to get this book! This says it all! Commie joe the Moron is running this country into the ground now they want what’s her name Obamy to step up and run that will surly destroy the USA that barry couldn’t accomplish!

  6. James Johnson

    January 26, 2024 at 7:11 pm

    Apparently, one can become mayor of a US city without any knowledge of climatology, thermodynamics, or basic physics.

    • SONJA

      January 27, 2024 at 1:44 pm

      JUST LOOK AT BIDENS ADMINISTRATION. NOT ONE PERSON HIRED BY MERIT. THE DUMBER THEY ARE THE BETTER LOVED BY THE DEMOCRATS.

  7. GO Woke Go Broke losers

    January 26, 2024 at 7:49 pm

    You moron mayors are as stupid as you come commie China wants control nothing more they are the biggest polluters in the world all they want is to control nothing more ytheir people are so repressed it unbelievable they can’t do anything that is watched and they reward snitches who tur on their neighbors for any tiny thing you like all the other phony chicken littles of this are are the problem leftist kerry our so called climate czar flies in private heavily fueled jets around the world, al gore declared the world wound end if we didn’t stop fuel consumption that was back in 2013 did you hear the big boom no because their wasn’t one he lied to 600 top scientists who aren’t owned by any government to lie to the people disagree get over yourselves the bottom line in control and lie to the people and MONEY all thes climate czars are fking billionaires that serve their own interest and you idiot mayors are right their in the gutter with them lying to the people! You all as phony as their so called elitist scum!

  8. Ben Matthews

    January 26, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    Just check the bank accounts of these mayors, that will tell you, the “whole” story, it’s called “paid endorsement” and they’re politicians, after all the second oldest professsion in the world. Street hookers are way more honest, than, these ppl…

  9. Patricia Ann Moody

    January 27, 2024 at 7:35 am

    I do not know what China is up to, but the United States, seems to have a “Love & Hate , relationship with them. Plus , America still has very HEAVY trade with them. So who is BSing Who? Thes United States & China , in my opinion, still has “TIES”, & America is trying to appease China , by working with them, ALL “WORLD Leaders WORK together! & All , cannot be TRUSTED!!!

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