Congress: Don’t Block Momentum on Jobs, Savings and Clean Energy

Congressional Review Act resolution on solar tariffs would hurt American businesses and homeowners

March 7, 2023
Matthew Tresaugue, mtresaugue@edf.org, (713) 392-7888

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act are already creating jobs, reviving American manufacturing and giving millions of Americans access to affordable clean energy. To continue this momentum, we need to ensure an efficient supply chain that supports US industry and workers.

“These historic clean energy investments have only just begun to boost the US solar panel industry and create more robust domestic capacity. During this transition, we must guarantee a sufficient and reliable supply of panels for builders, homeowners and businesses. Raising taxes in the form of a tariff will increase prices for consumers, halt projects and undermine energy reliability by hobbling the buildout of utility-scale solar-and-storage.

“Ensuring fair trade, and supporting unionized solar panel manufacturers, is a critically important goal. But congressional action to disrupt the supply chain with high tariffs when US manufacturers are not yet in position to meet more than a fraction of the demand is unwise. The tax credits and investments in the infrastructure law and Inflation Reduction Act already provide unprecedented support to grow the US solar panel industry. We’re now seeing this growth across the country.

“The President’s pause on tariffs against certain imported solar panels is reasonable, necessary and time-limited. Congress should not hold up thousands of projects around the country, take jobs from American workers and raise prices for homeowners and small businesses by trying to nullify the President’s actions. That would be a self-inflicted injury to the American economy and a setback for achieving the nation’s climate and clean air goals.”

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