by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder
As Appearing in Newsweek
This week, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to expedite domestic production of solar panels. The move is yet another empty and cynical gesture camouflaging an increasingly evident and disturbing anti-America agenda.
According to press reports, the purpose of Biden’s DPA announcement was to increase domestic manufacturing of solar panels in order to increase U.S. energy security and independence and lower energy costs for Americans at a time of skyrocketing gas prices; the national average an unthinkable $5 a gallon this week.
Blah-blah-blah, as Greta Thunberg might say. The actual purpose of Biden’s invocation of the DPA was to roll back the Trump-era tariffs on Communist China-made solar panels.
Since 2005, China has invested $47 billion in its solar industry to become the dominant player in the global market. Communist China’s reliance on slave-labor and non-existent environment standards (irony alert!) have enabled it to produce the dirt cheap panels that have put at least 100 U.S. solar companies out of business over the years.
President Trump imposed tariffs on China to help U.S. manufacturers—but China responded by marking their panels as made in Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.