Tariffically Dumb. Here Comes the Sun, Anyway, Suckers

January 23, 2018

Ok, no surprise the Putin puppets, coal worshippers and wind baggers in the Trump administration have levied a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels.
While I don’t blame vampires for resisting being dragged into the sunlight, think about it this way guys, at least you’ll be free of those chains.

There’s a lot of handwringing going on, but remember, solar modules – imports of which are now subject to the a 30% tariff – represent only a fraction of the total cost of installing solar panels.

A little perspective in order, which I found on this twitter thread from Ramez Naam.

Ramez Naam on Twitter:

Trump today imposed 30% tariffs on silicon solar panels imported into the US. This is dumb and avaricious, and will hurt the solar industry in the US. But, at most, it’s a temporary speed-bump. Here’s why.

So, big picture, the unstoppable renewable revolution has a succinct reply to the fossil fuel troglodytes.

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5 Responses to “Tariffically Dumb. Here Comes the Sun, Anyway, Suckers”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    With all the shenanigans around trade language (“should a tiger-shaped pillow be taxed as a toy or as bedding?”), savvy importers might instead import “energy collection modules” which have solar panels built in.

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    President Trump’s decision to impose a 30 percent tariff on solar imports could cost the solar industry 23,000 jobs in 2018, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, because most U.S. solar manufacturing is centred around making parts for cheaper imported panels.

    => Donald Trump’s tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs

    Super, Donald, keep on shovelling… your own fecking grave!


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