It is about time that someone has taken action to stop the Chinese from exporting government subsidized products to the US:
The Obama administration called Thursday for hefty tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels and cells, arguing China has been illegally “dumping” under-priced products on the U.S. market.
The preliminary ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce seeks tariffs ranging from 31% to 250% on solar products imported from China. A final decision is expected later this year.
The trade case has divided the U.S. solar industry. Some manufacturers say China’s subsidies have made it difficult for them to compete, causing several bankruptcies such as Solyndra’s. Other U.S. solar companies say tariffs could hike solar panel prices, inflame trade tensions and stunt the industry’s growth.
Commerce’s ruling “is a bellwether decision,” Steve Ostrenga, chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Helios Solar Works, said in a statement. “It underscores the importance of domestic manufacturing to the U.S. economy and will help determine whether the country will be a global competitor in clean technologies or outsource them China. It is also critically important for thousands of U.S. workers.”
Other U.S. solar companies said they would push for much lower tariffs,. They argue most solar-industry jobs are in sales, marketing, design, installation, engineering and maintenance of solar projects and higher solar prices could result in layoffs. [Green House]
You can read more at the link but I suspect this may just be once again election year politics because the final decision for the tariffs does not happen until November after the US Presidential election. I will be surprised if we ever see the 31% tariffs being proposed by the Commerce Department.