The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has claimed that the 30% tariffs on solar cells and modules will cost the US 23,000 jobs.
The trade body, rubbished by the trade case’s petitioners as a mouthpiece for Chinese manufacturers, has argued throughout that jobs downstream will be made vulnerable as a result of any action.
“While tariffs in this case will not create adequate cell or module manufacturing to meet US demand, or keep foreign-owned Suniva and SolarWorld afloat, they will create a crisis in a part of our economy that has been thriving, which will ultimately cost tens of thousands of hard-working, blue-collar Americans their jobs,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO, SEIA.
Suniva and SolarWorld Americas had been pressing for tariffs of 50%.
“It boggles my mind that this president – any president, really – would voluntarily choose to damage one of the fastest-growing segments of our economy,” said Tony Clifford, chief development officer, Standard Solar in a statement circulated by the SEIA. “This decision is misguided and denies the reality that bankrupt foreign companies will be the beneficiaries of an American taxpayer bailout.”
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