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Re: The Official Climate Change Thread
« Reply #560 on: December 03, 2019, 01:52:26 PM »
I can't deduce anything out of this other than he's an absolute moron.  And/or a climate change denier.  Hell, he's probably a flat-earther and anti-vax'r too!

Revive coal?  Jesus... for someone who's supposed to be so business-smart/savvy, does he not know that the markets are evolving away from this?
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Re: The Official Climate Change Thread
« Reply #561 on: December 03, 2019, 02:14:53 PM »

Acting Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said this week he has received a directive from President Trump to boost the struggling coal industry.

"What the president has directed us to do is to look for different ways to utilize coal," Brouillette told the Washington Examiner in an interview Monday alongside now former Secretary Rick Perry.

The Senate confirmed Brouillette in a 70-15 vote Monday night. He has yet to be sworn in.

It's almost like the market and new technologies are rendering an old source of energy obsolete, and for some reason President Big Brain doesn't want to get away from it. Why?

Because it creates jobs, and working people vote.   Maybe not specifically to Trump, becuase he doesn't show a lot of long-range thinking on issues like these, but as a general proposition, this won't be the first time we cushioned a transition.

Does that include hindering the development of the new for the sake of the old?

Tariffs on solar panels implemented under President Trump have significantly harmed the U.S. solar industry, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.

More than 62,000 jobs and nearly $19 billion in new private sector investment has been lost due to the 2018 tariffs Trump placed on solar imports, according to the study by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The number of jobs lost is nearly double the toll the SEIA first estimated when Trump announced the tariffs.

The $28 billion U.S. solar industry has been significantly affected by the tariffs. The industry gets 80 percent of its solar panel products from imports, largely from China. The nearly 25 percent tariff applies to all imported solar photovoltaic cells and modules, the main technology on panels that convert solar energy into electricity.

“Solar was the first industry to be hit with this administration’s tariff policy, and now we’re feeling the impacts that we warned against two years ago,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the SEIA, in a statement. “This stark data should be the predicate for removing harmful tariffs and allowing solar to fairly compete and continue creating jobs for Americans.”

Some solar companies had at first hoped for exemptions to the rule. The Trump administration in June announced it was granting an exemption to bifacial solar panels, specialty panels that absorb sunlight on both sides, but months later revoked the waiver.

Tariffs as a rule are dumb as shit.   We're still paying, in essence, for the tariffs implemented in the '30's to "help" U.S. farmers.  This doesn't surprise me in the least; though I'm not sure it's a specific attack on the solar industry itself, though; far more likely it's a more general idiocy.