Solar panels in Shanghai installed on a river or canal—plenty of those across Shanghai. Click to enlarge.
Bureaucrats slap tariffs on Chinese solar cells – incredible
Those non-elected, impossible-to-sack bureaucrats who “manage” Europe have lost their wits. While the rest of the world tries to hammer out a global agreement to reduce our emissions and thus “fight” climate change, these thickwits have slapped a 70% anti-dumping tariff on cheap Chinese solar panels. How mad can they get?
Regular readers know I oppose any attempt to fight the climate. I say it’s impossible to reverse what hasn’t happened and that we cannot cause and you’re much better off putting money into coping with whatever the climate throws at you. However, if you disagree and decide to invest good public money in the cheapest possible solar panels, then refusing the cheapest solar panels when they do finally arrive proves your insanity.
What does it matter who subsidises the technology that “saves the earth”? If your own lads can’t make them cheaply enough, buy them from China! Tim Worstall reports at Forbes how The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Continent; Europe’s Import Tariffs On Chinese Solar Cells. He explains:
Now I find evidence that the lunatics have escaped their asylum and have taken over the entirety of this lovely and beauteous continent. They’re imposing import tariffs on cheap Chinese solar cells. This at the same time as vast swathes of public policy are devoted to the idea that we’ve got to have cheap renewable power in order to save our entire species from boiling itself. We’re also spending hundreds of billions to make such cheap renewables a reality. So, when someone comes knocking at the door asking if we’d like to purchase some cheap, our answer is to try and tax them for their temerity? This is madness. Pure, unrestricted, no we’re not going to let you out of that straitjacket matey, lunacy.
The news is here:
The European Union has applied sharp tariffs on Chinese solar-panel makers Canadian Solar, ReneSola and ET Solar, kicking the companies out of a pact with the Chinese industry that allowed them to export to Europe with minimal tariffs.
We’re also spending trillions of euros to try to achieve this goal: Germany is said to have spent a trillion alone. And our goal is that someone will walk in the door and say, I’ve got some cheap solar cells here, would you like some? No, seriously, that is what the goal is. If we can find someone, anywhere, who can make cells cheaply enough that the electricity derived from them costs 6 to 10 cents a kWhr then we’re done. Everything else simply falls into place once we can in fact generate cheap electricity without emissions. So, here’s our man (or three companies) hawking cheap solar cells. And instead of welcoming them in, offering a cup of tea as we haggle over pricing, we’re taxing them to make sure they can’t sell us any of their nice, cheap, solar cells? It would be funny if it weren’t so depressing.
The dispute has been running for some time; here’s an account of Angela Merckel in 2013 opposing anti-dumping tariffs; I guess she lost.