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Tariffs on Solar Panels is Trump’s Latest Blow to Renewable Energy

I hope you weren’t planning on going green this year.

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When President Trump announced that he will be withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement during the summer of last year, it comes as no surprise that clean energy is not at the top of his priorities.

On Monday afternoon, the Trump administration released a document detailing new tariffs on imports, which includes a tariff schedule for solar cells and modules. The U.S. will impose duties of as much as 30% on solar equipment made abroad. This move poses a threat to a $28 billion industry that relies on foreign products to create 80% of its supply.

The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that this move will cause 23,000 Americans to lose their jobs this year. 27 manufacturers also asked the U.S. Trade Commission not to implement the tariffs as it would double the price of solar panels and hurt demand.

Solar companies and citizens are expressing their concerns online.

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg also expressed his thoughts on Twitter.

Despite the backlash, Trump disagrees and believes that the tariffs will lead to more U.S. manufacturing jobs by preventing cheap foreign goods from undercutting domestic products.

“You’re going to have people getting jobs again and we’re going to make our own product again. It’s been a long time,” Trump said as he signed the order on Tuesday. “Our action today helps to create jobs in America, for Americans.”

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Arianna is College Media Network's Weekend Editor and a student at Penn State University. She has written for various websites, including Thought Catalog and The Odyssey Online. Arianna also runs her own blog called Yoga With Mimosas in which she combines her passion for fitness and writing in hopes of inspiring and empowering others through her work.

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