Trade-Case Decision Leaves Trump in a Position to Gut U.S. Solar Industry

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Politico:A federal trade panel declared Friday that surging imports of solar panels have hurt U.S. manufacturers — a decision that will allow President Donald Trump to penalize Chinese companies but could also choke off the fast-growing green energy industry in the U.S.The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to uphold a complaint brought by two domestic solar manufacturers that complained that the low-cost imports had damaged their businesses. The decision was opposed by the much larger U.S. solar installation industry, which has seen the influx of the cheap panels spark a boom in construction of giant solar farms and rooftop systems around the country.The issue will give Trump the opportunity to erect trade barriers he has hailed as key to his strategy to revive domestic manufacturing, and at the same time hit the Chinese companies that have largely evaded previous U.S. import penalties to become the leading suppliers of solar cells and panels. Administration officials say the trade case hasn’t been a central one for the president, but they are increasingly confident Trump will favor tariffs when the commission sends the White House its recommendations in the next couple of months.In a statement, the White House said Trump would make a decision that “reflects the best interests of the United States,” and it praised the solar-makers, saying the domestic “solar manufacturing sector contributes to our energy security and economic prosperity.”The case could also give Trump a platform to advance his “America First” agenda and tout his effort to revive the ailing coal sector. Coal companies have complained that the Obama administration waged a regulation-heavy “war on coal” while tilting federal tax incentives and loans to renewable energy sources in order to advance climate change policies.“[Trump] could easily reward his buddies in the coal industry who would really like to see high-priced solar panels competing with coal for space on the grid,” said Clark Packard, a policy analyst and trade lawyer with the conservative think tank R Street Institute, which opposes tariffs. He added: “He may just want to stick it to people — your coastal elites who never would have voted for him who are more likely to use solar panels. He’s looking for any circumstance to impose tariffs, it doesn’t seem he cares what they are.”Trump has not weighed in on the case so far, though his administration has reopened the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and China, and he has regularly blasted China and other countries for what he calls unfair trade with the U.S.“He’s a protectionist, there’s no doubt about it, and he’s not very sympathetic to the renewable energy,” Gary Hufbauer, senior fellow for the Peterson Institute of International Economics. “As much as you can predict any president, I think his conclusion is foregone.”The complaint brought by Georgia-based Suniva and Oregon-based SolarWorld USA has brought sharp opposition from most of the U.S. solar industry, which has seen its growth skyrocket as costs for the technology fell to a fraction of what they were a decade ago. Aided by federal tax incentives and state-level programs, large solar power installations have sprung up across the country, driving down costs for those plants to levels that are now competitive with coal and natural gas power power stations. That’s lifted employment in the sector to 260,000 even as the number of U.S. companies that make solar cells and panels sinks. More: Trade panel puts solar tariff decision in Trump’s hands Trade-Case Decision Leaves Trump in a Position to Gut U.S. Solar Industrylast_img read more

Wenger salutes tireless Sanchez’s killer instinct

first_img Wenger was asked why he did not take Sanchez off in Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb in which he scored two goals to keep the Gunners’ Champions League hopes alive. Having somewhat cryptically replied that Sanchez gets tired if rested, Wenger admitted ahead of Sunday’s trip to Norwich that the 26-year-old is constantly surprising him with his eagerness to commit to the cause. “When he does something he does it 100 per cent,” said Wenger. “So he finishes and you think, ‘He’s dead now.’ But then he recovers and gives 100 per cent again, so you always see signs of exhaustion, but it’s not because two days later he’s fine.” Wenger went on to compare his £30million man to a hunting lion, likening his work-rate to that of Leicester’s in-form Jamie Vardy. “His style is very explosive and a very committed style,” he said. “Vardy is a bit similar. They go when they go. They are like the lion, he has to catch the animal in the first 200 metres. If he doesn’t get there, after he’s dead. They are these kind of killers. When they go, it is to kill and after they have to stop.” Sanchez is likely to stay in the side for the game at Carrow Road, despite giving Wenger a scare with a hamstring issue after the Dinamo game. The Chile international has been a key man in Wenger’s squad since he was signed from Barcelona in 2014 and has nine goals to his name already this season. Sanchez has been a major player for club and country of late and, having starred in his national side’s Copa America success over the summer, has now been playing regularly for a number of months. Arsene Wenger has praised the staying power of Alexis Sanchez and likened the Arsenal forward to a hungry lion. “I will have to assess that a bit later,” he said when asked about resting the player against Norwich. “It might not be the best moment to rest Alexis, but I don’t know. He had a little hamstring alarm, but we will see how he recovers from that. “I take information, especially from medical people who know him and treat him everyday, and after that we will look at his overall recovery as well.” For a man clocking up so many minutes for club and country, on top of the air miles racked up to compete in Chile’s World Cup qualifiers, Sanchez is rarely injured – something Wenger puts down to the player’s own mind. He added: “No, he’s not been injured. We come back to that problem and the more you are injured, the more there is a chance to be injured again. “That’s where we come back to top-level sportsmen. That kind of mixture of flexibility, sense of how far can you go with the pushing, that sensitivity to how much and as well when you have to ease off on your bodyweight. That’s linked with co-ordination and they get less injured. “His resistance is remarkable. What is also remarkable is that he goes to South America, he comes back Thursday night and on Saturday he can play without a problem, even if he’s jet-lagged. He would have been a perfect tennis player. “These are not players who have the traditional academic education that we give now to the players at 15 or 16. They have a physio every day. They are more street players, not pampered.” Press Associationlast_img read more