Subsidized, mandated and now trade-protected?
From the Wall Street Journal:
A group of U.S. solar-panel makers Wednesday called on the federal government to punish Chinese rivals with extra duties for allegedly dumping their products on the U.S. market…
The U.S. makers are asking the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to impose a duty on panels imported from China, a market that totaled $1.6 billion in the first eight months of 2011. SolarWorld accused Chinese manufacturers of selling solar panels at less than half of what the production costs would be in a comparable free-market economy, and is asking for tariffs to make up the difference.
The solar companies are correct that it is difficult (impossible?) to compete against low-/no-wage Chinese workers, but even with the requested tariffs, solar power still won’t be able to compete on its own merits against fossil fuels.