The UN Office of the Commission for Human Rights released a document this week that completely exonerates the leadership of the Chinese region of Xinjiang from accusations of genocide or use of slave labor.
Wait, you say. That’s not the summary you read in the media. Really?
Nury Vittachi sets out the facts in Fridayeveryday:
“The UNHRC actually released a PAIR of documents on August 31: a 46 page one from their office listing concerns and a 121-page one responding to concerns. The mainstream media wrote fanciful articles purportedly based on the first … and hid the second.”
Watch Nury’s video: https://youtu.be/2aCx1G9wIfo
The full UN reports are available at: https://www.ohchr.org/…/ohchr-assessment-human-rights…
Biden’s regime sanctions on Xinjiang solar panels has crippled US solar energy uptake
One year ago China Environment Net commented on the US sanctions (i.e. economic warfare) imposed on China’s Xinjiang region, which is the world leader in the manufacture and distribution of solar energy technology. We said:
The Biden regime in May (2021) flagged that it would impose “sanctions” on China’s solar panels industry as part of its all out economic war on China. This has resulted in market instability as solar panel makers became concerned about the potential disruptions to global supply chains and manufactures hurried to build up silicon stock piles. This has significantly pushed up the price of solar panels by around 30-40%. Illegal US bans on Chinese solar businesses were imposed by the US shortly afterwards.
US sanctions against the Chinese solar manufacturing industry “are now casting a shadow over the solar industry” and “one of the world’s biggest sources of silicon”, according to Niki Asia (4 July 2021).
Roughly 80% of global production of silicon used to make polycrystalline wafers for solar panels– which does not need to be as pure as the silicon used in semiconductors — is sourced in China, with about half of that in Xinjiang, the supposed target of the US regime’s sanctions.
Apart from increasing in production costs, the sanctions have resulted in Chinese panel makers are prioritizing domestic supply, which has squeezed shipments to many other countries,
“The dramatic increase in cost has the potential to undermine the economics of solar energy world-wide, in particular for developing countries. Low cost solar is one of the main paths away from fossil fuel consumption. Low cost Chinese solar panels have been the principal factor behind the dramatic fall in the price of solar power worldwide and the global expansion of solar energy.” (Niki Asia)
These US sanctions and subsequent domestic implementation (customs seizures) have caused serious, if predictable, economic costs on the US solar power industry.
The US publication pv magazine reported on 16 August 2022 that US restrictions and seizures of imported Chinese solar panels had caused a serious decline of up to 50% in US domestic solar deployment.
The article reported that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that developers across the US had planned to install 17.8 GW of new solar capacity in 2022. However, in the first six months of this year, only less than one quarter of this (4.2 GW) “has been installed and brought online as module supply challenges led to cancellations and delays”, and this trend was expected to continue.
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