Is the sun rising on solar protectionism?

Suniva Inc.—a Chinese-owned, Atlanta-based and bankrupt solar firm—filed a petition in May 2017 with the International Trade Commission seeking import relief. Eventually joined in the petition by another …

Solar panels, washing machines and free-trade cronyism

What does Suniva (a bankrupt, Atlanta-based, Chinese-owned solar firm founded in 2007) have in common with Whirlpool (a company founded in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1911)? On first blush, …

‘Bring me some tariffs’?

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Electricity Policy Manager Devin Hartman.  Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised a bold new trade agenda for the United …

R Street and Freedomworks NAFTA Letter

  Ambassador Lighthizer, Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal, The purpose of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is, and should remain, to ensure free trade among the parties …

Open Letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission: Avoid Tariffs on Solar Panels

Dear Members of the United States International Trade Commission, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, we urge you to reject the relief requested by Suniva …

Trump is dangerously close to abdicating economic leadership on trade in the Pacific

President Donald Trump's complaints about China, Mexico, and other nations with whom the United States has a bilateral trade deficit date back decades before the 2016 presidential campaign. …

With Steve Bannon out, Trump’s White House still isn’t pro-free trade

President Donald Trump's recent decision to part ways with chief strategist Steve Bannon — until now, the White House's leading voice of so-called "economic nationalism" — has been …

Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase

The Hon. Lisa R. Barton Secretary to the Commission U.S. International Trade Commission 500 E Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20436 Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street Institute, a pragmatic free-market …

Congress should stop states from taxing and regulating beyond their own borders

The following op-ed was co-authored by Peter O'Rourke, a research assistant with the R Street Institute. Nearly 230 years after the Constitution's ratification, we are still debating the …

Farm subsidies are stifling free trade

Every five years or so, Congress and well-connected agricultural lobbyists begin drafting a new Farm Bill. The inevitable spending bonanza they come up with is nearly always a …

The moral case for free trade

Make no mistake: The facts are on the side of free trade. There’s a reason it receives nearly universal support from professional economists — a notoriously disagreeable bunch …

Curbing agricultural subsidies to open international markets

The political fight over agricultural protectionism in Western capitalist democracies began in earnest with the British Parliament's passage of the Corn Laws in 1815. These laws erected tariffs …

Testimony to USTR on NAFTA renegotiation

Chairman Gresser and members of the Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My …

R Street comments on NAFTA renegotiation

Founded in 2012, the R Street Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit pragmatic free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C. We support limited but effective government. We believe that …

A solar energy trade war may be looming

A petition recently filed with the International Trade Commission by an Atlanta-based solar manufacturer could cause solar prices in the United States to skyrocket, raising thorny questions for …

Congress should act to stop states from battling over online sales taxes

In recent years, a multitude of states have attempted to impose sales taxes on purchases made over the internet and to set regulatory standards that would apply to …

Wanted: A few good free-traders

On almost no other issue has President Trump's public position been more consistent than the subject of trade. The president has been making claims about the failure of …

Make the CFPB accountable by increasing presidential power

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the brainchild of then-Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren  created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis as part of the Dodd-Frank Act—may finally …

Trump is quietly waging a nontariff trade war

Trade policy emanating from the Trump administration over the past month has been dizzying. From the fairly standard, if regrettable, enforcement actions taken by the United States Commerce …

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