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Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:49 pm

Published on Monday, October 09, 2017
by Common Dreams

As Pruitt Calls for End of Incentives, Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'

'I guess the war on wind and solar starts now. Good luck with that.'
by Jon Queally, staff writer

In addition to being slammed by green groups for the climate-killing rollback of the Clean Power Plan, EPA chief Scott Pruitt on Monday stirred a second wave of criticism when he said that government subsidies for wind and solar power should be taken away by Congress.

"I would do away with these incentives that we give to wind and solar," Pruitt said at an event in Kentucky, referring to tax credits for wind and solar solar—the nation's most promising sources of renewable energy.

Without acknowledging the billions of taxpayer dollars awarded to the oil and gas industry every year in the form of subsidies and tax incentives, Pruitt said that he would let wind and solar "stand on their own and compete against coal and natural gas and other sources, and let utilities make real-time market decisions on those types of things as opposed to being propped up by tax incentives and other types of credits that occur, both in the federal level and state level."

In the wake of the comments, many pointed out that such a move—in addition to doing the exact opposite of what the world's scientists say is necessary—would decimate jobs across the nation's wind and solar industries:

I guess the war on wind and solar starts now. Good luck with that. https://t.co/BRcnpkZ9kS
— Steve Joffe (@SteveJoffe) October 9, 2017

There r more ppl working in solar/wind energy, & this guy thinks it's okay 2 ruin their lives for a small industry? https://t.co/GWJKNknov4
— Kim Tullio-Steinen (@Shebabasmom) October 9, 2017

Pruitt acknowledged that cuts to renewable energy would not come from the EPA, but he called on the Republicans who now control Congress to do so.

As the International Energy Agency stated in its annual report on power generated last week, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy grew faster in 2016 than any other power source in the world.

"What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar PV," Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, said in a statement accompanying the new report. "We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology through 2022."

But while the IAE credited the Chinese government—which has funneled billions and billions of dollars into renewable energy—as being the globe's primary driver of solar proliferation, it remains the outsized influence of fossil fuels in the United States that has restrained renewables.

How about we do away with fossil fuel subsidies first. #actonclimate #pruitt #solar https://t.co/NcP9cqnCo8
— Matteo Ferrer (@MWFerrer) October 9, 2017

As Common Dreams reported last week, a report by Oil Change International showed that without billions of dollars in subsidies, American gas, oil, and coal companies would crash and burn.

"While the rest of the world moves toward a renewable energy future, dirty energy defenders in the Trump administration are using our taxpayer dollars to promote dangerous new fossil fuel development," said OCI's Janet Redman.

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Re: Trump Intensifies 'War Against Wind and Solar'

Postby Wilberforce » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:04 pm

President Trump Slaps Tariffs on Solar Panels in Major Blow to Renewable Energy

By Brian Eckhouse, Ari Natter and Christopher Martin / Bloomberg January 22, 2018

In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.

The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30 percent on solar equipment made abroad, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Just the mere threat of tariffs has shaken solar developers in recent months, with some hoarding panels and others stalling projects in anticipation of higher costs. The Solar Energy Industries Association has projected tens of thousands of job losses in a sector that employed 260,000.

The tariffs are just the latest action Trump has taken that undermine the economics of renewable energy. The administration has already decided to pull the U.S. out of the international Paris climate agreement, rolled back Obama-era regulations on power plant-emissions and passed sweeping tax reforms that constrained financing for solar and wind. The import taxes, however, will prove to be the most targeted strike on the industry yet.

“Developers may have to walk away from their projects,” Hugh Bromley, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said in an interview before Trump’s decision. “Some rooftop solar companies may have to pull out” of some states.

U.S. panel maker First Solar Inc. jumped 9 percent to $75.20 in after-hours trading in New York. The Tempe, Arizona-based manufacturer stands to gain as costs for competing, foreign panels rise. First Solar didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The Solar Energy Industries Association also didn’t immediately respond.

The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempt from the tariffs, Trump said in a statement Monday. The president approved four years of tariffs that start at 30 percent in the first year and gradually drop to 15 percent.

The duties are lower than the 35 percent rate the U.S. International Trade Commission recommended in October after finding that imported panels were harming American manufacturers. The idea behind the tariffs is to raise the costs of cheap imports, particularly from Asia, and level the playing field for those who manufacture the parts domestically.

For Trump, they may represent a step toward making good on a campaign promise to get tough on the country that produces the most panels — China. Trump’s trade issues took a backseat in 2017 while the White House focused on tax reform, but it’s now coming back into the fore: The solar dispute is among several potential trade decisions that also involve washing machines, consumer electronics and steel.

“It’s the first opportunity the president has had to impose tariffs or any sort of trade restriction,” Clark Packard, a trade policy expert at the R Street Institute in Washington, said ahead of the decision. “He’s kind of pining for an opportunity.”

Trump’s solar decision comes almost nine months after Suniva Inc., a bankrupt U.S. module manufacturer with a Chinese majority owner, sought import duties on solar cells and panels. It asserted that it had suffered “ serious injury” from a flood of cheap panels produced in Asia. A month later, the U.S. unit of German manufacturer SolarWorld AG signed on as a co-petitioner, adding heft to Suniva’s cause.

An attorney for Solarworld didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Suniva had sought import duties of 32 cents a watt for solar panels produced outside the U.S. and a floor price of 74 cents a watt.

While Trump has broad authority on the size, scope and duration of duties, the dispute may shift to a different venue. China and neighbors including South Korea may opt to challenge the decision at the World Trade Organization — which has rebuffed prior U.S.-imposed tariffs that appeared before it.

Lewis Leibowitz, a Washington-based trade lawyer, expects the matter will wind up with the WTO. “Nothing is very likely to stop the relief in its tracks,” he said before the decision. “It’s going to take a while.”

The solar industry may also attempt a long-shot appeal to Congress.

“Trump wants to show he’s tough on trade, so whatever duties or quotas he imposes will stick, whatever individual senators or congressmen might say,” Gary Hufbauer, a Washington-based senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said by email before the decision.

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