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Seven Technologies Where China Has the ­.s. Beat


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Credit: GreenBiz.com

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has been talking up China's green progress in an effort to boost Washington's resolve on clean tech policy. In a recent talk at the National Press Club, Chu illuminated the growing list of sectors where China's emerging leadership threatens U.S. players.

"When it comes to innovation, Americans don't take a back seat to anyone—and we certainly won't start now," said Secretary Chu at the event. "From wind power to nuclear reactors to high-speed rail, China and other countries are moving aggressively to capture the lead. Given that challenge, and given the enormous economic opportunities in clean energy, it's time for America to do what we do best: innovate."

Chu highlighted several crucial technologies where China is already outpacing U.S. efforts, adding the U.S. must innovate or risk falling far behind. The following is from the DOE:

  • High Voltage Transmission
  • High-Speed Rail
  • Advanced Coal Technologies
  • Nuclear Power
  • Alternative Energy Vehicles
  • Renewable Energy
  • Supercomputing

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