US solar panel tariffs would throw shade on renewables growth
I'm a fan of the Trump on Earth podcast - interesting topics, thoughtful discussion with guests, and just enough into the detail-weeds to satisfy the wonk in me.
A recent episode, "Renewables in the Trump Era: Doomed or Too Big to Fail?" highlights the potential chilling impact on US solar deployment if the Trump administration proceeds with a possible trade tariff action against lower cost Chinese solar panels. Ostensibly this is supposed to boost the price competitiveness of US-manufactured panels, but there's every reason to expect this would only serve to drive down the growth in solar - especially utility-scale - while really doing nothing to bolster true renewables innovation.
I don't hear this talked about this much, so glad they brought it to the surface. What unseen hands and forces might be advocating for these higher solar panel tariffs? Who stands to gain, and who to lose?