Sending Office: Honorable Mark Sanford
Sign Letter to Oppose Punitive Tariffs and Support American Solar Jobs
COB, August 4th, 2017
Current Signers: Sanford, Thompson (CA), Meehan, Cartwright, Polis, Knight, Calvert, Budd, Tiberi, Perlmutter, Hudson
As supporters of American jobs and free trade, we cordially invite you to join us in signing the enclosed letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), urging them to consider the potential loss in American jobs if punitive tariffs are imposed
on imported solar technologies.
Last Spring, the USITC was petitioned to impose a tariff and minimum price on imported solar technologies. If these tariffs were to be imposed, 88,000 of the current 260,000 U.S. solar jobs would be lost as the price of solar projects would double. What
is lost in these numbers is that, while the two petitioning companies represent a few hundred domestic solar manufacturing jobs, there are an additional 38,000 solar manufacturing jobs in the U.S. making the racking, inverters, wiring, etc. that make up the
solar projects we see in every state and congressional district across the country. Many of these jobs would be lost if these two companies got their way.
Not only is solar a booming, cutting-edge energy technology, it accounted for 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs in 2016, adding 50,000 new workers last year alone. We should be doing everything we can to ensure this growth continues and encourage further innovation,
rather than imposing onerous tariffs that restrict growth and discourage free and fair trade.
If you have any questions or would like to cosign, please contact Matt Furlow (Matt.Furlow@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Mark Sanford’s office or Erin Helling (Erin.Helling@mail.house.gov) in Congressman Mike Thompson’s office. Thank you for your consideration.
Office of Congressman Mark Sanford
August XX, 2017
The Honorable Rhonda K. Schmidtlein
U.S. International Trade Commission
500 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20436
Re: Investigation TA-201-75
Dear Chairman Schmidtlein:
We are writing to you to express concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The petition requests that the President impose a 40 cents per watt tariff on imported solar cells
and a 78 cents per watt floor price for imported solar modules. As part of ITC’s investigation, we urge you to carefully consider the negative impacts the proposed trade remedies would have on the entire American solar industry.
Last year, solar was the single largest source of new electric generating capacity in America. At the end of 2016, 9,000 companies employed over 260,000 American workers with a median wage of $25/hour. We are concerned that the requested trade protection
would sharply increase the price of solar panels which could lead to a negative impact across the whole solar industry. The increased costs could slow or even stop solar growth, jeopardizing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country.
Moreover, it is projected that the new tariffs could lead to a loss of 88,000 American solar jobs next year.
We respectfully request that the Commission carefully and fully consider the negative impact that the high tariffs and minimum prices requested would have on the solar workers in our states and continued growth of the solar industry.
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