These 2 Solar Companies Want Special Treatment. Here’s Why That Would Harm Green Technologies.

In recent weeks, two U.S. manufacturers of solar energy components—Suniva and SolarWorld—have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission to impose tariffs on the imports of various products used in the production of solar panels.
Such an initiative has been rightly condemned by the solar industry itself. Such a tariff would benefit Suniva and SolarWorld for a time, but would hurt most others, including assemblers and installers of solar arrays and customers wanting solar energy for their homes and businesses.
Tariffs like what Suniva and SolarWorld are requesting would severely restrict everyday Americans from purchasing more competitive technology at a lower price from abroad.
Some have complained that President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement is abandoning the future of energy, which they argue is in renewable energy technology.
That’s a dubious argument to be sure, but raising tariffs on solar panel manufacturing components surely is a policy that would lessen the

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