May 17, 2012

Wyden Statement on Commerce Dept. Ruling That Chinese Solar Companies Violated Trade Rules, Will Face Tariffs

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee’s subcommittee on Trade, issued the following statement after the U.S. Commerce Department ruled today that Chinese-made Solar panel producers were violating trade rules and that the U.S. would impose tariff remedies on imported panels:

“I know there will be a temptation to portray today's ruling as a win for U.S. Solar Manufacturers and a loss for Chinese producers, but the impact of Commerce's decision to enforce U.S. Trade laws goes far beyond a dispute over solar panels.  Free trade does not mean trade free from rules and today's decision is a win for the integrity of the global, rules-based trading system.  That system has propelled economic growth in the U.S. and around the world by rewarding those who compete on the basis of producing the best products at the best prices. And that system has prevented trade wars that once ravaged world economies.  A victory for that system is a victory for American workers and all others who don't need to cheat to compete.”