Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum Statement on Trump Administration Solar Trade Decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum Director of Policy and Advocacy Charles Hernick released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision regarding the Section 201 solar trade case.

“Solar energy is a significant driver of the U.S. economy, employing more than 260,000 American workers and delivering safe, affordable power to consumers and families across the country. We are disappointed by the decision to impose burdensome and harmful tariffs on the growing solar industry.

“Despite this decision, we will continue to work with the Trump Administration, clean energy champions in Congress, and the hundreds of thousands of hard-working men and women in the U.S. solar industry to encourage trade and infrastructure policies that support the continued growth and job creation of the clean energy sector.”

Today’s decision came on the heels of key CRES Forum engagement on the issue. In October, CRES Forum signed on to a letter to President Trump asking his administration to avoid trade restrictions on solar panels. In September, CRES Forum signed on to a letter urging the ITC against recommending the use of tariffs to protect the U.S. solar industry in the ongoing trade remedy case. Additionally, CRES Forum’s Charles Hernick penned an op-ed in August for The Hill explaining how this decision would put 88,000 American jobs at risk, and CRES Forum hosted a July panel discussion on the future of job growth in the solar industry and free trade.


CRES Forum is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public and influencing the national conversation about commonsense clean energy.

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