Either Congress is not really noticing that the rest of the world seems to be slowly moving forward with potential climate pricing schemes, or many congressmen are not fully grasping the political and economic import here at home for cleantech investors. Today China continued its “maybe we will, maybe we won’t” stance on carbon by moving a bit further toward introduction of a national carbon tax. The Chinese Ministry of Finance released draft regulations that would put a $3.25-$4 dollar resource tax on fossil fuels used by Chinese companies, which would be administered by the China EPA. The tax would apply to coal, oil and natural gas consumption. China’s Shanghai Securities Journal said the tax could be introduced when the national economy improves (Source: Point Carbon). Whether China will actually implement a carbon tax remains unclear. China is moving forward, however, with provincial carbon markets, having launched its first market in Shenzen last month. Given that both and the proposed carbon tax and the likely market price for CCAs in the provincial markets will remain low for some time, it’s a major stretch to say the pricing schemes themselves will discernably increase cleantech investment opportunities, but these types of policy moves internationally should at least be considered a continuing and still very uncertain trend toward broader cleantech value.