SEIA President and CEO Sends Personal Plea to Pres. Trump to Preserve Solar Jobs by Rejecting High Tariffs
“A decision to impose high tariffs in line with the International Trade Commission’s recommendation will lead to the layoff of tens of thousands of workers, cause companies to stop investing in the United States and bring an American economic engine screeching to a halt,” Hopper wrote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper sent a letter to President Donald Trump today reminding him of the tens of thousands of U.S. solar workers, including American manufacturers, whose jobs will be lost if high tariffs are implemented.
"A decision to impose high tariffs in line with the International Trade Commission's recommendation will lead to the layoff of tens of thousands of workers, cause companies to stop investing in the United States and bring an American economic engine screeching to a halt," Hopper wrote.
The letter, which was also delivered to top officials across the federal government, highlighted how, in addition to jobs, both the U.S. economy and national security are at risk if the president imposes tariffs on cells and panels that punish successful American solar companies.
To read SEIA's complete letter to the president, go to: http://www2.seia.org/e/139231/esident-trump-solar-trade-case/27tf25/211922910.
The deadline for a decision in the solar trade case is Jan. 26.
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