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

Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Tom OlverWednesday 5 Feb 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.2kShares Arsenal signing Pablo Mari raves about ‘incredible’ team-mate Gabriel Martinelli Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Martinelli’s form has caught the attention of football icon Ronaldinho (Picture: Getty)Brazil great Ronaldinho has tipped Martinelli for big things in the future and compared the forward to his legendary former team-mate Ronaldo.‘We as Brazilians are very excited about him and his future. It is one thing to have the talent – but another at the age of 18 to have the confidence,’ he told The Mirror last month.‘He reminds me of Ronaldo his first season in Europe he scored 30 goals and people were thinking: “who is this 18 year old Brazilian kid?”‘He wanted the ball, he would run at players, there was no fear no matter what players or team he was playing against – and I see that similar attitude in Martinelli.‘He just wants to be on the ball and score goals. Ronaldo went on to be the best player in the world – and that can also be the aim of Martinelli.’MORE: Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabriel Martinelli is enjoying a phenomenal breakthrough season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pablo Mari has backed Arsenal wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli to go on and ‘become a top player’ if he keeps working hard and makes the most of his ‘incredible talent’.Martinelli, 18, has burst onto the scene this season, scoring ten goals in 21 appearances, and his solo wonder strike away to arch-rivals Chelsea last month will long live in the memory of Arsenal fans.The youngster’s outstanding form has even caught the eye of the Brazil national team who are considering offering him a place in their squad for the 2020 Olympics.Mari knows Brazilian football well after a short spell with Flamengo and the defender had been admiring Martinelli’s performances from afar before his January move to the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:10FullscreenBurnley 0-0 Arsenal: Mikel Arteta press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/burnley-0-0-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2102370/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Spaniard believes Martinelli is a unique talent but has urged the teenager to keep his feet on the ground and not look too far into the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Martinelli has shown he is a bit different to any other player in terms of his ability,’ Mari told Arsenal’s official website.‘He has great vision and there’s real talent there in terms of his dribbling and his ability to choose the right play.‘His decision-making is improving all the time.‘Martinelli still has a lot more to show but he has incredible talent and I think gradually he’ll keep developing and become a top player.’ Mari has tipped Martinelli for a big future (Picture: Getty)Mari added: ‘He has exploded on to the scene and is showing that he’s a great player with a lot of talent.‘Obviously he’s still very young, but he’s already had a taste of playing at the top level and he’s doing very well.‘I’ll say congratulations when I meet him, but now he just needs to keep it up and work hard because he’s really talented.’last_img read more