Solar tariff fight
Several conservative and free-market groups are ramping up opposition to potential new tariffs on imported solar panel equipment. Here’s a piece of their new open letter to President Trump today:
- “Like government policies that pick winners and losers in the energy marketplace, we oppose trade measures that distort markets by artificially raising prices and that jeopardize thousands of good paying jobs while inviting retaliation from our trading partners.”
- The letter is from 10 groups including the R Street Institute, FreedomWorks, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
- Why it matters: It underscores the tension between free market conservative groups and the protectionist trade posture of the president and several senior administration officials. The letter arrives as the U.S. International Trade Commission is preparing to make recommendations to the White House on solar trade protections next month.