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U.S. Must Decouple from Chinese Solar

Jul 24, 2023 | Featured, Press Releases

Jacksonville raid a sign the U.S. must decouple from Chinese solar
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
July 23, 2023
Florida Times-Union

Two months ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided a facility…in Jacksonville…. [T]here is every reason to think the company in question – Chinese-owned JinkoSolar – violated United States customs laws….
Like most of the world’s solar panel companies, JinkoSolar previously relied, and likely still relies, on polysilicon from [Xinjiang]. This is where the Chinese Communist Party subjects Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups to forced labor…. The DHS investigation of JinkoSolar is a welcome and long-overdue step toward cracking down on these companies….
But on the whole, our government is doing far too little to keep slave-made goods from entering the country. In many ways, the Biden Administration is actually making things worse.
Take Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) for example. Not only has this boondoggle done virtually nothing to reduce inflation, it has also okayed hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars for investment in Chinese solar panel manufacturers, including JinkoSolar, which profit from slave labor. 

President Biden also turned a blind eye to Chinese companies attempting to avoid Trump-era tariffs by shipping solar products through the Southeast Asian region…. Finally, the Biden Administration has been far from transparent in its enforcement of the [Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act]….
How can the president support human rights when he hesitates to enforce the UFLPA? How can he pursue “strategic competition” with Beijing when his policies solidify the regime’s grip on key international supply chains?…And how can he counteract a changing climate when he relies on polysilicon produced in dirty, coal-fired power plants?…
To honor our sacred values, uphold the law, and advance the national interest, President Biden must lead the U.S. in decoupling from Chinese solar…. If opposing slavery means a slower “green” transition, it’s a small price to pay.

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