Trump Administration’s Recent Tariffs in Conflict with “Energy Dominance” and Free Trade Goals

In the past few months President Trump has announced a number of new import tariffs: in January, it was tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels, and just recently, this March, it is tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. Aside from the tariffs on imported washing machines, this raft of import tariffs portend a major impact on the U.S. energy industry. The import tariff on solar panels will of course have an impact on solar energy specifically, but the tariffs on aluminum and steel are opposed by virtually everyone in the U.S. energy industry. Because President Trump has vigorously advocated for a path to U.S. “energy dominance” since taking office, it is worth examining just how President Trump’s latest tariff announcements might disrupt those efforts. Representatives ranging from the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) have all condemned the most…

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