Frack, Comrade, Frack!
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  • Brett

    Greens often hold up China as a model for smart policy because of things like its investments in solar power and high-speed rail.

    We do? Every “green” writer I’ve ever read who has talked about Chinese energy policy has pointed out that it’s a mixed bag. They’re investing in solar and hydro-electric power, but they’re also building coal-fired plants at a massive rate.

  • Brett

    Sorry to do another post, but

    The best business strategy here is to sell them the rights to the tech upfront, perhaps with a delay figured in; at least that way you get some money out of the tech transfer process.

    I think the best strategy is to take advantage of your branding power to capture most of the profits. The chinese company might steal your IP, but they don’t have the brand to sell it in the major foreign markets. Instead, they have to work with you, selling their products through you, which allows you to keep most of the money earned from sales while their margins remain razor-thin.

  • Mrs. Davis

    I know I buy my gas based on brand.

  • Corlyss


    If you look up the term in a good dictionary, the definition will be “a condition characterized by clogged ideological arteries which result in a singular inability to learn anything different about energy and energy production from what they were taught in the 1970s; a widespread form of luddism concerning fossil fuels that threatens world-wide prosperity based on cheap energy.”

  • Kris

    Putting aside environmentalism, would an energy-independent China have a more or less aggressive foreign policy?

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