Biden Uses Suspect Authority to Maintain Chinese Dominance of Solar Manufacturing

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“A 92-year-old law intended to allow duty-free passage of basic necessities into the country during a national emergency is being used instead to suspend penalties on companies alleged to have violated U.S. trade law on solar panel components. The Biden administration’s announcement Monday is a big victory for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which had been calling for an end to a Commerce Department investigation into the transshipment of solar components from China into four Southeast Asian countries. The action essentially nullifies the consequences of that investigation for the next 24 months. … A related announcement, employing the Defense Production Act to boost domestic solar, lacks the funding it would need to be successful.” (06/08/22)