President Donald Trump on Tuesday imposed 30 percent tariffs on imported solar panels, a move many experts decreed would hurt the United State solar industry.
The United States International Trade Commission recommended tariffs up to 35 percent on imported solar panels. President Trump settled for slightly less.
Vice chair of the Georgia Chapter of the Solar Energy Industry Association Pete Marte believes that while a select few domestic companies will benefit from the decision, it overwhelmingly hurts the industry at large.
Rolling Stone takes an in-depth look at how President Trump’s decision stands to impact millions of Americans. Perhaps the most important revelation is the contrast between clean and renewable energy and the fossil fuel industry. President Trump received over $10 million from fossil fuel interests for his inauguration, according to public records.
One silver lining for international companies can come in the form of trade exceptions — though it may not be easy for them to be approved.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced plans for the Department of Energy to promote a $3 million American Made Solar Prize to encourage American entrepreneurs and STEM employees to create new solar innovations to drive the American solar market.
Inside Climate News examines that while the tariffs may not hurt the United States as much as initially anticipated, any limp for the industry threatens to set it back against international competition.
States make independent stands to help subsidize the American solar industry.
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