Buy your own wind farm.

When news broke last week that President Obama was blocking the sale of four Oregon wind farms to a Chinese company, the reason he gave was interesting:

There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Ralls Corporation (Ralls), a corporation organized under the laws of Delaware, and its subsidiaries … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.

Initial speculation focused on the presence of a nearby naval base — but beyond that, the decision is something of a mystery.

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Unsurprisingly, the company disagrees with the president’s assessment.

A Chinese-owned firm in the US is suing President Barack Obama after he blocked a wind farm deal on national security grounds. … The lawsuit alleges the US government overstepped its authority. …

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said “China-bashing” in order “to woo some blue-collar voters” was the reason for the decision.

That explanation seems unlikely. Blue-collar workers aren’t concerned about Chinese companies hiring in America; they’re concerned about Chinese companies hiring in China. Chinese-owned companies employ 27,000 people in the United States, and if that figure increased, it probably wouldn’t upset too many people.

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The Oregon wind farms weren’t the only ones on the auction block recently. A subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway purchased two farms north of Los Angeles. Buffett is probably safe from being considered a threat to national security — unless his advocacy for increased taxes on the wealthy begins to gain traction.

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