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Tariffs won’t build a robust US solar industry

John Paul Helveston writes in The Hill on the dangers of tariffs.

The C3 Take
  • As the United States looks to deploy more clean energy to the grid, removing tariffs would help us reach these goals.
  • Tariffs have led to American consumers paying an additional $1.3 billion in higher costs for solar modules since 2018, and have cost the U.S. solar industry 60,000 jobs.
  • To bolster energy security and bring more affordable and clean energy online, policymakers should support free trade and remove tariffs.

“Removing tariffs does not mean abandoning domestic manufacturing. The U.S. should continue investing in manufacturing capabilities to support demonstration projects that incentivize firms to invest in bringing the next generation of these technologies closer to market. And the U.S. should also continue investing in innovating at the technological frontier to discover new and better technologies, like solid state batteries and next generation solar technology.”

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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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