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SOLAR/TRADE: Murray Statement on New Proposal to End US-China Solar Trade Dispute

Sep 23 2013

Ongoing dispute between American, Chinese solar industries already costing American jobs

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray released the following statement on a new proposal from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to resolve an ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China which has already harmed American manufacturers and consumers by creating high tariffs on solar industry-related imports.  If unresolved, the dispute could result in hundreds of lost jobs at REC Silicon’s state-of-the-art facility in Moses Lake, WA.

“It’s abundantly clear that the solar trade dispute between the United States and China is already costing jobs and stifling the critically important solar industry, so I’m pleased that American industry leaders have put forward a commonsense proposal to resolve this problem,” said Senator Murray.  “The ever-expanding solar energy industry supports thousands of good-paying jobs in Washington state, and continued development of solar technology is vital for our environment and the economy, so I’ll continue working with all the parties involved to find an equitable solution for American businesses and consumers.”