Bipartisan Move in Congress to Thwart Trade Petition Aimed at Driving Up Solar-Panel Prices

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Friday defended U.S. installers of rooftop solar panels and made an effort to beat back a pending decision that could make imported solar panels more expensive.Bipartisan letters from 16 senators and 53 congressman were sent to International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, and urged the agency to reject a petition by Chinese and German-owned companies that manufactured solar panels and cells in the U.S., but have since gone bankrupt.The two foreign-owned companies that produced in the U.S. were seeking protection from imports that they say is hurting U.S.-based manufacturing. But the lawmakers wrote in their letters that imposing duties on these imports would only increase costs for domestic companies that install rooftop solar panels.“Solar companies in our states believe the requested trade protection would double the price of solar panels,” the Senate letter read. “Increasing costs will stop solar growth dead in its tracks, threatening tens of thousands of American workers in the solar industry and jeopardizing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country.”Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., spearheaded the letter writing campaign on the Senate side. Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Pat Meehan, R-Pa., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., did the same in the House of Representatives.The letters were sent ahead of the trade commission’s Aug. 15 hearing on the petition by Chinese-owned Suniva and German-owned Solar World. The ITC’s role in the case is to decide if imports are hurting U.S.-based manufacturing, even if through the import of fairly traded goods.The Solar Energy Industry Association, the main trade group for the U.S. solar industry, explained that the “agency is considering whether these two companies out of more than 8,000 across the U.S. solar industry deserve tariff relief that would impact the entire market.” The group is opposing the companies’ request at the agency.Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the solar industry group, said the lawmakers effort shows that “trade tariffs are not a red or blue state issue.”The solar energy industry has created 1 out of 50 new jobs within the U.S. in the last year, according to SEIA.More: Republicans, Democrats join forces to protect rooftop solar installers Bipartisan Move in Congress to Thwart Trade Petition Aimed at Driving Up Solar-Panel Priceslast_img read more

​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan odds, prediction, betting trends for middleweight fight

first_imgHere’s a guide to everything you need to know about betting on the ​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan fight, including updated odds, trends and our prediction.MORE: Join DAZN to watch Munguia vs. O’Sullivan & 100+ fight nights a year​Jaime Munguia vs. Gary O’Sullivan oddsJaime Munguia: -1981Gary O’Sullivan: +1006Total rounds: 5.5Munguia is a heavy favorite to win his first bout as a middleweight. He is nearly a 1 to 20 favorite per the boxing betting odds, and he is expected to be just the third fighter to knock out O’Sullivan. Oddsmakers are very skeptical this fight will go the distance with an over/under of 5.5 rounds. The former WBO light middleweight champion is 23 years old, but he has plenty of experience for a boxer his age. Munguia turned pro at the age of 16, and he won the WBC Latino light middleweight title less than two years ago. He claimed the WBO light middleweight strap just three months later with a fourth-round TKO, and he defended the belt successfully five times before making the move up in weight. He is 34-0 ahead of this fight with 27 of those victories coming by knockout.O’Sullivan is 30-3 with 21 knockout wins. He is 12 years older than Munguia, but he has taken part in less bouts as his career has followed a more traditional path. O’Sullivan claimed the WBO International middleweight title in July 2012, but he lost the strap to Billy Joe Saunders a year later. He claimed another minor belt when he dominated Antoine Douglas to win the WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt in December 2017, but he suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of David Lemieux in his last big fight in September 2018.MORE: Get the latest boxing odds and betting trends from Sports InsiderAn Irish boxer gave Munguia his toughest test There is likely to be a little trepidation from Munguia’s corner as the only boxer to genuinely test him during his time as a light middleweight was Dennis Hogan. In a bout that Munguia was supposed to win easily, Hogan gave the champion all he could handle. They met in Monterrey, Mexico in April of last year, and Munguia did not look like himself in his lone title defense on home soil.  Most pundits believed that Hogan won the bout. Hogan landed the bigger blows and Munguia was constantly asking his corner whether he was ahead, but the judges gave the champion a majority decision. Munguia stated afterwards that he believed the fight was a draw, indicating that he felt he could have easily lost the fight. That might give him cause for pause against another Irish boxer in O’Sullivan.More than a mustacheO’Sullivan is most known for his distinctive facial hair. When he first steps into the ring, he looks like a boxer from the previous century, but underestimate him at your peril. Although he has yet to win a major belt, he dismantled an up and comer that was supposed to easily get past him in Douglas two years ago, and he has formidable power.In addition to dealing Douglas his first defeat, O’Sullivan recently knocked out another up and comer in Berlin Abreu, and he can upset Munguia if the younger boxer isn’t prepared mentally and physically. What’s next?Munguia’s camp wants to use this fight as a springboard to set up a major bout with one of the big names in the middleweight division. He had initially agreed to fight Gennady Golovkin in place of Canelo Alvarez before that was quashed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but a convincing Munguia victory could earn him a coveted bout with GGG, Alvarez, or Demetrius Andrade. After dominating the light middleweight division for almost two years, Jaime Munguia is looking for another challenge. Munguia will be moving up to the more competitive middleweight division this Saturday when he makes his debut fight at the weight class against the exciting Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan. A partisan crowd will be cheering on Munguia at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and you can catch the fight exclusively on DAZN.This bout will headline a card on Saturday, January 11, 2020, and coverage will start at 7 p.m. ET with the main card scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET. Munguia and O’Sullivan are expected to enter the ring at 11 p.m. ET to cap off the evening.last_img read more