"Trump's 30% Tariff On Imported Solar Panels May Cost Jobs"

"The Trump administration slapped a 30% tax on imported solar panels Monday in a move that critics say could slow down a fast-growing industry and kill tens of thousands of domestic manufacturing jobs.

The administration's decision followed a trade case brought by two U.S. solar manufacturers. They contended that cheap solar equipment from China and other countries hurt their businesses. Trump had long promised to boost manufacturing jobs by cracking down on Chinese imports.

"The President’s action makes clear again that the Trump Administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses," the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, said in a statement announcing Trump's decision."

Sammy Roth reports for the Palm Springs Desert Sun January 22, 2018.


"Trump Slaps Steep Tariffs on Foreign Washing Machines and Solar Products" (New York Times)

"World’s Biggest Solar Players Say Trump's Tariffs Could Have Been Worse" (Bloomberg)

"Trump’s New Solar Tariff To Protect Us Manufacturers Will Hurt Installers" (Vox)

"Outlook for China Solar Industry Darkens After U.S. Tariff Decision: Govt" (Reuters)

Source: Palm Springs Desert Sun, 01/23/2018