Trump imposes tariffs on solar panels and washing machines in first major trade action of 2018


The Washington Post has the article Trump imposes tariffs on solar panels and washing machines in first major trade action of 2018.

The Suniva-SolarWorld request for protection was opposed by much of the domestic U.S. solar industry. Tariffs make solar panels more expensive, and thus discourage their use, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The trade association said the tariffs would cause 23,000 installers, engineers and project managers to lose their jobs this year as billions of dollars in planned investment evaporates. Up to one third of the 260,000 Americans currently employed in the industry are at risk because of the tariffs over the longer term, the group said.

Unlike Tonya Harding, I thought most USA residents believed that kneecapping your opponent is not their idea of fair play.

Before I retired, when faced competition from another business I preferred the challenge of outperforming the competition rather than trying to impede the competition. I had professional pride in trying to do a better job as an engineer.

I did not feel that there was an unwritten law that said I had to be paid well for my job when there were others who could do it better and for less money. What I preferred was to do my job so well, that I deserved what I was paid. When I couldn’t do that anymore, I retired.

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