The Energy 202: The Conservative Backlash to Trump’s Solar Tariffs Begins

The Washington Post covers the Trump administration’s tariffs on solar panels.

The U.S. solar industry was finally dealt a blow this week by the Trump administration after it was spared from having key breaks ended in the GOP tax overhaul and the dulling of its competitive edge in a recent Energy Department proposal. It took the form of a tariff.

On Monday, the administration announced it would impose a 30 percent tax on imported solar panels, before falling to half that in the fourth year after taking effect.

In October, 10 groups, including ALEC, R Street and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote to Trump to ask him to reject solar tariffs. Jason Saine, a Republican state representative in North Carolina and ALEC’s national chairman, followed up with a letter this month arguing “[i]t is important to conservatives across the country to make sure that our trade is free and fair.”

Read the full article at The Washington Post.