The solar industry sent out a news release yesterday quoting President Obama in an interview with Portland’s KGW news anchor Tracy Barry on trade complaints against China’s subsidized solar industry.
The U.S. solar industry, with SolarWorld at the helm, has filed a trade complaint against China for using subsidies to sell solar panels at artificially low prices.
Subsidies for the solar industry in China mean Chinese manufacturers of solar panels can sell their products cheaper in the U.S. than panels manufactured here. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has asked Obama to impose tariffs on imported Chinese solar panels to protect U.S. solar industry jobs.
In an interview with President Obama Tuesday, Barry said:
“SolarWorld is one of our companies in Oregon, and they are accusing China of dumping solar panels in the United States. Would you be willing to look at any kind of actions, tariffs, whatever, to protect those green jobs in the U.S.?”
“We have seen a lot of questionable competitive practices coming out of China when it comes to the clean energy space, and I have been more aggressive than previous administrations in enforcing our trade laws. We have filed actions against them when we see these kinds of dumping activities, and we’re going to look very carefully at this stuff and potentially bring actions if we find that the basic rules of the road have been violated.”