In July, CRES Forum held an expert panel discussion with remarks by U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) about combating the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) looming economic aggression by leveraging American manufacturing and trade policy.
“China is a pacing threat, but it’s not all about hypersonic missiles, fighter jets, or submarines,” said Senator Cramer. “It’s about our economy and their manipulation of other economies, as well as their geopolitical advantage in places like Africa, South America, or wherever there’s a vulnerability because we chose to not use our influence. It’s really about the weaponization of critical infrastructure, minerals, and fuel sources.”
The panels also featured CRES Vice President Christine Harbin, CRES Vice President Richard Campbell, Diana Movius of Climate Advisers, Pasha Majdi of Conservation International, and Sarah Stewart of Silverado Policy Accelerator as well as a discussion of the recent white paper by CRES Forum Senior Policy Fellow George David Banks with Cole Simons from the office of Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
The white paper explores how America can combat the CCP’s economic aggression and reduce reliance on the Chinese economy, which is three times more carbon-intensive than that of the United States. CRES President Heather Reams highlighted its release in an op-ed for RealClear Energy: “It is imperative we redesign our trade regime to penalize countries with high emissions and reward countries — like the U.S. and our allies — where emissions are decreasing.