Since assuming the presidency last year, Joe Biden has been a tremendous gift to the Chinese communist government. Whether it’s repeatedly fumbling the ball over Taiwan or shutting down a Justice Department initiative to identify and deter Chinese Communist Party (CCP) espionage activities, the administration of Biden has been at the forefront of empowering an increasingly aggressive China that seeks to replace the United States as regional and global hegemon.
On Monday, Biden decided to add another item to his ever-growing list of CCP-strengthening policies, with the Democratic president declaring an emergency under the Tariff Act of 1930 that exempts “certain solar cells and modules” from multiple sources. Southeast Asian countries. new tariffs for the next two years.
“In recent years, the vast majority of solar modules installed in the United States have been imported, with those from Southeast Asia accounting for about three-quarters of the modules imported in 2020,” the emergency statement said. “Recently, however, the United States has been unable to import solar modules in sufficient quantities to provide the solar capacity additions needed to meet our climate and clean energy goals, ensure the adequacy of power grid resources and help combat rising energy prices”.
“This acute shortage of solar modules and module components has abruptly jeopardized short-term solar capacity additions that might otherwise have the potential to help ensure sufficient power generation to meet demand for customers,” he added.
While the statement and Biden’s subsequent abuse of the Defense Production Act to boost domestic solar panel production will no doubt draw cheers from climate alarmists, the emergency order simultaneously undermines a major ongoing investigation. conducted by the Department of Commerce “to find out if Chinese companies are circumventing existing tariffs on Chinese”. imports to the United States by settling in [Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia] finally products whose life begins in China.
Required by law, the probe was first launched on April 1 at the request of Auxin Solar, a U.S.-based solar module maker that alleges Beijing is carrying out such actions as a way “to avoid US tariffs” claiming that the components were not made in China.
While Biden’s declaration of emergency doesn’t simply halt the investigation, it allows CCP-linked companies to go unpunished for circumventing existing tariffs. As NBC News reports, “Biden’s decision on Monday effectively takes the issue off the table for two years by guaranteeing no new solar tariffs on Southeast Asian countries, regardless of the Biden’s decision.” investigation”.
“Deputy Secretary of Commerce Lisa Wang said that if the investigation found new tariffs to be in order, they would take effect after the two-year period,” the NBC News report said.
Axium CEO Mamun Rashid was quick to criticize Biden over the emergency declaration, saying in a statement that the president is “significantly interfering in Commerce’s quasi-judicial process.”
“By taking this unprecedented – and potentially illegal – step, he opened the door to special interests funded by China to thwart the fair application of US trade law,” Rashid said.
Monday’s announcement from Biden came a day after Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo revealed that the administration was considering reducing tariffs on various Chinese products “in an effort to combat record inflation in the United States.” United”.
“We are looking into it. In fact, the president asked us his team to analyze this,” Raimondo said. “And so we are doing it for him and he will have to make that decision.”
Under Biden, China wins and America loses
Rather than increasing U.S. domestic oil and liquefied natural gas production as a way to reduce rising energy costs and provide the country with a reliable source of efficient power, Biden has instead chosen to push through demands outlandish radical climate alarmists above general well-being. being of the American public. Even if that means granting the Chinese communist government, whose members have committed some of the most heinous human rights abuses in world history, economic relief, Biden is ready to throw his own compatriots under the bus at the continuation of its non-existent 100% renewable energy. Utopia.
While China’s state-owned solar power makers will thrive under Biden’s energy policies, American fossil fuel producers and the American people will continue to suffer under the leadership of a confused and senile man, whose short presidency completely destroyed the energy independence and sustainability of the United States. States.
Shawn Fleetwood is an intern at The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He is also a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous media including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood
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