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Tariffs on Solar Panels Would Kill U.S. Jobs

If Trump means what he says about employment, he'll keep America's market open.
Going solar.

Going solar.

Photographer: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg

The U.S. solar industry is threatened by one of President Donald Trump's more destructive impulses: his eagerness to punish supposedly unfair trade practices.

By next month, the U.S. International Trade Commission, having unanimously ruled that American solar-panel makers are harmed by competition from Asian and other rivals, will recommend what tariffs or other import penalties the president should impose. The commission and the president need to understand that punishing Asian panel makers would do more than damage trade relations: It would also cripple the thriving U.S. solar-energy business.