On behalf of American consumers, a slightly edited version of this afternoon's NY Times article
"U.S. Slaps High Tariffs on
Chinese Solar Panels
" Americans Who Purchase Solar Panels Made in China"
"The United States Commerce Department
said Thursday that it has decided to impose tariffs (taxes)
of more than 31
percent on Americans who purchase
solar panels imported from China, after concluding that
Chinese producers had generously
“dumped” lowered the prices of
solar panels on the American market
less than it costs to manufacture and ship them, saving Americans millions of dollars.
The tariffs, which are retroactive to 90 days before the decision, are in addition to anti-subsidy tariffs (taxes) of 2.9 percent to 4.73 percent that the department imposed on American consumers in March.
Since Chinese panels make up a large portion of the American market,
the combined anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs are likely to mean a
substantial increase in the price of solar panels here for American consumers.
SolarWorld Industries America, which led the
coalition special interest cartel of domestic solar manufacturers
that filed the solar dumping case, welcomed the department’s ruling. The
anti-consumer decision “is a very positive step in the process. It’s also in line
with what we expected as a special interest group of domestic producers seeking protection from global competition,” said Ben Santarris, a company spokesman. “We
consider this a bellwether case of the government protecting the self-interest of domestic producers seeking protection against foreign competitors. It underscores the importance of
manufacturing special interest groups to the U.S. economy Congress seeking to increase political power, votes and support by catering to concentrated special interests."