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Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business

Michael J. Coren
Two companies petitioned for Trump’s solar tariffs—now they’re both out of business

Two companies begged the US government to raise tariffs on imported solar panels in 2017. “Stop the bleeding,” implored panel maker Suniva in its petition (pdf) to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), joined by a second manufacturer, SolarWorld. Domestic solar panel manufacturers, they argued, needed import taxes to “grow and thrive.” These tariffs, Suniva insisted, would generate at least 114,800 new jobs in the US.