President Trump, Say No to Solar Tariffs

Real Clear Energy

12/18/17

A company that can’t compete goes to the government to ask for protection from competitors. That protection, in the shape of import tariffs, limits other companies’ access to cheaper materials, which increases costs across the entire industry and ultimately forces consumers to pay more for the same product.

What could be worse? A tariff that only benefits a pair of mismanaged companies, with a history of poor financial, legal and ethical decisions.

Those are the troubling facts of a trade case working its way through Washington, D.C. presently.

Suniva and SolarWorld, two bankrupt solar cell manufactures, have exploited a rarely used provision in the 1974 Trade Act to convince the International Trade Commission that they are entitled to protection from international competition.

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