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house Bill H.R. 5571

Should Trump’s Solar Panel Tariffs be Repealed?

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would undo the Trump administration’s harmful solar panel tariffs, which threaten to increase costs for American solar companies and make them less competitive.

NoHedges's Opinion
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05/04/2018
While producing more panels in the United States will create a few hundred jobs, the tariffs could cost tens of thousands, largely on the installation side of the business. Dozens of solar companies are now petitioning to be exempted from the tariffs, and a bipartisan group in Congress has introduced a bill to overturn them altogether. “I think that any action that brings new investment to the United States is welcome,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “But the tariffs have slowed down the growth of our industry. The growth has been muted, and that means jobs are not being created.” Her group said the tariffs could cost as many as 23,000 American jobs this year. -source New York Times
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Hillary's Opinion
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05/04/2018
Repeal this tariff now. The most important thing is to get solar power in use as quickly and as widely as possible. Fossil fuels are destroying our planet. Get renewable energy up and running.
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Chuck's Opinion
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05/04/2018
This was a stupid move. The renwable/solar industry employs over 400,000 people. This is the future of energy.
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Argument opposed

The Trump administration was right to impose tariffs on imported solar panels as China was unfairly flooding the market with them and hurting American solar companies.

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05/04/2018
How can we expect to make any progress against unfair trade practices if every time we enact retaliatory tariffs some weak kneed politician or greedy wall streeter tries to undermine the action. News flash!!! There is going to be a little short term inconvenience if we want fair trade. Especially with countries like China. They count on weak willed politicians and greedy financiers to protect their unfair practices. These people are acting against US interests.
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Lamar's Opinion
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05/04/2018
Many questions I have on this decision but I think President Trump is correct here. If anyone who reads this comment could provide me with some information they feel is important to know please fill me in because I rarely agree with President Trump and I’m having mixed feelings on this choice but currently I believe the tariff is right.
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Jane's Opinion
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05/05/2018
Back the President on this. He is working for the American people. Secondly, what is she smoking to suggest we repeal AND pay back tariffs. Nevada needs to vote her out....
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      house Committees
      Trade
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedApril 18th, 2018

What is House Bill H.R. 5571?

This bill — the Protecting American Solar Jobs Act — would repeal tariff increases on imported photovoltaic cells (aka solar panels) imposed by the Trump administration on February 7, 2018. Tariffs would be lifted immediately and affected companies would be allowed to seek retroactive reimbursement from the government for increased duties they paid while the solar panel tariffs were in effect.

Impact

American solar companies and their workers; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5571

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced this bill to repeal the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported solar panels:

“Solar energy’s success throughout Nevada has led to new jobs, cheaper power bills, and the growth of a new industry that is diversifying our state’s economy. This administration directly threatened the stability and financial well-being of our solar industry when the President decided to impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. An attack on solar energy is an attack on the countless hardworking Nevadans who benefit from this growing industry, and my new bill will reverse this damaging decision.”

Original cosponsor Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) added:

“The saying in Washington is that if you want less of something, tax it. A tariff is a tax, and I don’t know what good can possibly come as a consequence of stifling the growth of solar power. Solar power is  one of the cheapest and fastest-growing renewable energy sources, and if we are really focused on becoming energy independent, now is no time to slow its growth. South Carolinians have the highest monthly electric bills in the country, and solar energy should be allowed to represent part of the formula to changing this. Finally, over 7,000 South Carolinians who work in the solar industry could lose their jobs because of these tariffs. This bill is about sustaining solar as a renewable and key energy source toward jobs, clean energy, and energy independence.”

This legislation has the support of four bipartisan cosponsors, including three Republicans and one Democrat.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: agnormark / iStock)

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Protecting American Solar Jobs Act

Official Title

To amend subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to repeal increases in duty and a tariff-rate quota on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and for other purposes.

    While producing more panels in the United States will create a few hundred jobs, the tariffs could cost tens of thousands, largely on the installation side of the business. Dozens of solar companies are now petitioning to be exempted from the tariffs, and a bipartisan group in Congress has introduced a bill to overturn them altogether. “I think that any action that brings new investment to the United States is welcome,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “But the tariffs have slowed down the growth of our industry. The growth has been muted, and that means jobs are not being created.” Her group said the tariffs could cost as many as 23,000 American jobs this year. -source New York Times
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    How can we expect to make any progress against unfair trade practices if every time we enact retaliatory tariffs some weak kneed politician or greedy wall streeter tries to undermine the action. News flash!!! There is going to be a little short term inconvenience if we want fair trade. Especially with countries like China. They count on weak willed politicians and greedy financiers to protect their unfair practices. These people are acting against US interests.
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    Repeal this tariff now. The most important thing is to get solar power in use as quickly and as widely as possible. Fossil fuels are destroying our planet. Get renewable energy up and running.
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    This was a stupid move. The renwable/solar industry employs over 400,000 people. This is the future of energy.
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    Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the human race and yet we’re actively trying to limit the number of solar panels in our country? This is absurd. We need to extract as much renewable energy as possible. Our planet is much more important than our trade deficit.
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    A tariff on solar panels is a short-sighted response to the fact that China has wisely invested in their production. It is shooting ourselves in the foot. Unless this current administration can come up with funding that boosts American production in a good way, they are only exercising their lack of understanding about our desperate need for affordable energy sources. They are also raising the price of solar energy to the consumer in the process.
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    Anyone who favors the free market should be in favor of repealing the tariffs that were placed on solar panels. There was no reason to put tariffs on them outside of tipping the scales towards the fossil fuel industry, which the market should be deciding whether or not it is worth keeping around.
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    Yes. We need to do all we can to convert to a renewable energy provider.
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    I get wanting to help American industries but this tariff is hurting a lot of solar businesses in the USA from being able to supply solar at a lower cost. China is beating us in solar and their market is larger - thus they have subsidized it to make it insanely competitive. We need to focus on energy independence and ways to defeat climate change or it will turn our world upside down. End the tariffs.
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    A sustainable future depends on clean energy.
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    Reverse this action.
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    Please just put somebody in there that knows what they’re doing this man is driving the bus off the cliff
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    🔆 = 🌱
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    Renewable energy is the future!
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    Yes! Free markets! #TarrifsAreTax #TaxationIsTheft
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    Of course! Repeal the tariff! We need to get going with renewable energy.
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    Of course. When Kenya in the 1980s had solar panels with the kind of foggy cool weather of the Bay Area I knew solar energy as the answer.
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    All tariffs are stealing from one group of consumers to pay another!
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    Yes, if for no other reason than it saves jobs and allows a budding industry to continue to grow and develop without the unnecessary burden of increased tariffs.
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    Of course, but 45 and the GOP continue to be the only major political party on earth that is completely comprised of climate change deniers, so there is no way they will remove these tariffs. God forbid the oil-igarchs would have to compete on a level playing field.
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