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Biden’s ‘Buy America’ plan may hit a solar wall

E&E News’ Miranda Wilson writes that President Biden’s “Buy America” plan may hit a solar wall.

The C3 Take
  • One of the greatest threats to the President’s “Buy American” plan may be the administration’s green job initiative.
  • Solar panels, and the minerals that power them, are predominantly built and harvested in China.
  • Having a supply chain that is largely dependent on China hurts our energy security, economic competitiveness, and environment.
  • Instead of relying on China for our renewable energy, we should build a strong domestic supply chain by increasing our mining of rare earth minerals.

“‘This is the sector that is most clearly dominated at the moment by Chinese players,’ said Ethan Zindler, head of Americas at BloombergNEF, during a webinar Thursday on clean energy supply chains hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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