Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said that the US government should bar a US$1.5 billion wind farm project from receiving government stimulus funds because the farm would use Chinese turbines, Bloomberg reported. "The idea that stimulus funds would be used to create jobs overseas is quite troubling," he wrote in a draft letter to US Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "I urge you to reject any request for stimulus funds unless the high-value components… are manufactured in the United States." The wind farm in question will be built by a joint venture between private-equity firm US Renewable Energy Group, Texas-based Cielo Wind Power and China’s Shenyang Power Group. If built, the 600 gigawatt, 36,000 acre project would be the largest US-Chinese investment in renewable energy. A Chinese embassy spokesman responded indirectly to the statement by saying that Sino-US cooperation in clean energy is in the countries’ common interest. "We hope that people in question will do more to help facilitate the joint effort instead of complicating the situation."