Reps. Stauber and Gallagher: Biden's foolish solar energy policy will enrich China – not America

Jun 23, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Energy, Climate, and Conservation (ECC) Task Force Member Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) and China Accountability Task Force Member Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) penned an op-ed criticizing President Biden’s recent decision to roll back tariffs on solar panels imported from South East Asia – helping China while U.S. energy prices continue to soar as the nationwide average for gas prices hit $5.00/gallon for the first time.

Biden's foolish solar energy policy will enrich China – not America

By: Reps. Stauber and Gallagher

As the average price for a gallon of gas surpasses $5.00 nationwide for the first time ever, American families are being forced to make difficult decisions between filling their gas tank or buying groceries. But instead of developing a plan to increase American production and solve this crisis, President Biden and his administration have a different idea: ensure China makes a profit. 

Last week, the Biden administration waived tariffs on solar panel imports from several Southeast Asian countries for two years, effectively neutering an ongoing Department of Commerce (Commerce) investigation into Chinese efforts to circumvent existing tariffs. Beginning in April, Commerce began to explore whether solar cells and modules fabricated in this region utilized parts and components made in China and subsidized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

This tone-deaf move will do little to ease energy prices for Americans while handing a geopolitical win to Communist China. President Trump established such tariffs in response to the abhorrent labor practices, lack of environmental standards, and market manipulation that led to Chinese control of approximately 80 percent of the solar panels utilized in the U.S. Rolling back solar tariffs is not only a favor to the CCP, but it also means turning our backs on ready and able American workers.


Click here to read the full op-ed.