Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow To Renewables Industry

The Solar Energy Industries Association has projected tens of thousands of job losses in a sector that employed 260,000.

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In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.

The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Just the mere threat of tariffs has shaken solar developers in recent months, with some hoarding panels and others stalling projects in anticipation of higher costs. The Solar Energy Industries Association has projected tens of thousands of job losses in a sector that employed 260,000.

The tariffs are just the latest action Trump has taken that undermine the economics of renewable energy. The administration has already decided to pull the U.S. out of the international Paris climate agreement, rolled back Obama-era regulations on power plant-emissions and passed…

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6 thoughts on “Trump Taxes Solar Imports in Biggest Blow To Renewables Industry

  1. I am not surprised because Trump is just like all the other corporate heads who don’t give a damn about the environment and those like Trump don’t even believe in climate change. And corporations don’t believe that people should be able to breathe clean air. What’s a little pollution when in fact there is no such thing as a little pollution when there is toxic smoke billowing into the atmosphere endangering peoples health, daily? Greed ‘Trumps’ safety, every time!

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  2. I’m not terrible surprised, either, Shelby. Especially as Trump seems to be the worst informed president ever. What else can you expect from someone who relies on Fox News as their sole source of information.

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