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

Farm to Feet Introduces Blue Ridge Run Series Sock Line

first_imgFarm To Feet makes 100-percent U.S. sourced and built socks at its plant in Mount Airy, North Carolina. And to celebrate this heritage, the company is introducing the Blue Ridge Run Series for Spring 2015. The line will include light-weight running socks in multiple heights, with and without cushioning, and a graduation compression sock.Farm to Feet has paired Rocky Mountain merino wool (sourced from the American Sheep Industries) with a new “Friction-Free” technology to create a collection of socks with wool’s natural feel, odor-resistance and wicking properties, but featuring improved abrasion control and heat management.Farm to Feet’s “Friction-Free technology” features a U.S.-sourced PTFE nylon, with the PTFE permanently incorporated into the nylon yarn during its postproduction. PTFE has a low friction coefficient, which reduces abrasion and the chance for blisters. Additionally, PTFE is hydrophobic which enhances the movement of perspiration away from feet and results in socks that dry quickly.The Asheville is an ultra light running sock with half density cushioning under the foot. The Roanoke is a similar sock, but with a flat-knitted frictionless bottom. The socks are designed with airflow channels over the instep and venting panels on the sides and rear for improved breathability. Both socks are offered in low and quarter-crew heights and available in men’s and women’s styles. MSRP- Low $16.00/ 1/4 Crew $17.00.Farm_To_Feet_Socks_GroupRounding out the collection is the Blue Ridge with graduated compression. Its has a targeted compression of 17.5 mmHg starting at the ankle and decreases up through the calf, to assist with blood flow and reduce muscle vibration for enhanced performance or recovery. The 16″ tall Blue Ridge with Friction-Free technology has half density cushioning underfoot for additional comfort. MSRP- $30.00.The socks in the Farm to Feet Blue Ridge Run Series feature all US sourced materials, a 100% seamless toe closure, reciprocated heal and toe pockets for a great fit, and double welt tops.In support of the launch Farm to Feet has teamed up with the Roanoke Outside and the Blue Ridge Marathon. The Roanoke has been named the official sock of the marathon and at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Farm to Feet and Roanoke Outside will be awarding one attendee a trip for two to run “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.Farm to Feet is committed to the goal of creating “the world’s best wool socks” by exclusively using an all-American recipe: U.S. merino, U.S. manufacturing, and U.S. workers. With a supply chain completely within the U.S., Farm to Feet is able to ensure the highest quality materials and end products, while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Once the wool is grown and sheared in the Rocky Mountains, the remaining processes take place within 300 miles of its sustainability-focused knitting facility in Mt. Airy, N.C.All Farm to Feet socks feature seamless toe closures, a comfort compression fit from the top through the arch, and superior cushioning for ultimate performance and comfort. Learn more at read more

Liaisons Among The Americas

first_imgBy Dialogo February 11, 2009 In 1997, a forward-thinking combatant commander conceptualized a plan to invite ‎partner-nation senior military officers — primarily colonels — to serve on his staff as ‎advisors, providing cultural expertise and coordination on military matters between their ‎countries and U.S. Southern Command.‎ One year later, Gen. Charles Wilhelm, then commander of the Southern Command, made ‎this vision a reality. Argentina and Uruguay were the first countries to send a senior ‎officer to work in the command, thus creating the Partner Nation Liaison Officer ‎program, or PNLO. The following year, Colombia and Ecuador also sent officers. Chile ‎began participating in the program in 2000, and Canada sent a liaison officer in 2007. ‎More than a decade later, the program still thrives.‎ ‎“The truth is that we have a small community within Southern Command and we share ‎our experiences,” said Chilean navy Capt. David Hardy, who along with his counterparts ‎from Uruguay, Peru, Colombia and Canada, form today’s PNLO program.‎ Their experience is invaluable as the command strengthens relationships with partner ‎nations. “The biggest benefit they bring is the experience of working in our region,” said ‎U.S. Air Force Col. Jose Sanchez, deputy director of country insight for the command. ‎ ‎“They were raised there, they know their militaries, they know how they think … and ‎they can give us feedback immediately.”‎ Peruvian army Col. César Alva is working on collaborative solutions to end terrorist ‎activities. “My main job is trying to collaborate in resolving narcoterrorism by means of ‎cooperation between Southern Command and the Peruvian armed forces,” he said. “I’m interested in maintaining a good cooperation program for 2009, and if possible, a five-‎year midterm plan where our objectives are clear … which are to end terrorism and ‎narcotrafficking.”‎ The liaison officer is a coveted position appointed by each country’s minister of defense. ‎The tour of duty ranges from one to two years, depending on the country’s agreement ‎with the command. Each officer usually receives a housing and transportation allowance ‎from their military. The officers usually have a good grasp of the English language and, ‎in many cases, speak more than two languages.‎ While the Southern Command benefits from the knowledge and experience of the liaison ‎officers, the program also gives officers and their families an opportunity to experience ‎U.S. culture.‎ ‎“My experience until now has been excellent. It’s the first time my family and I have ‎been in the United States,” Uruguayan army Col. Luis Lavista said. “There are some very ‎interesting and enjoyable things for people coming from South America to the United States, above all order, transportation, respect for the laws, and there’s a lot of security.”‎ The Miami-based command has been working to integrate liaison officers into more of its ‎activities, including conferences and regional exercises such as PANAMAX. Liaison ‎officers have also been visiting component commands, including U.S. Army South in San ‎Antonio; U.S. Navy South in Jacksonville, Fla.; and U.S. Marine Corp Forces South in ‎Miami, to learn more about U.S. military operations.‎ ‎“By taking them to the component commands, they see their roles and missions. And we ‎try to teach them how we interact with each other and how our components interact with ‎the headquarters,” Col. Sanchez said. “Once they get that view, they are able to better ‎understand the projects that would help us — and them. We have to remember that ‎interoperability is a big thing between our armed forces and our partner nations.”‎ With the command expected to move into a new facility in late 2010, current commander ‎Adm. Jim Stavridis has invited more countries to participate in the mutually beneficial ‎program.‎ The officers who have served in the program support increased participation. “We don’t ‎have to be [only] four [countries]. We should have liaison officers here from all ‎countries,” Col. Lavista said. If all countries were represented, he said, they would have ‎the ability to work better collectively.‎last_img read more