Invoking the Defense Production Act is an abuse of power.
President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to boost the production of solar panels in America because out of everything citizens need that is obviously the most in-demand.
But Biden also waived tariffs for two years for four Southwest Asian countries: Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. These countries make up 80% of America’s solar-panel imports.
Oh, how I love it when the government picks winners and losers. It always turns out so well, especially solar panels!
Let’s not forget President Barack Obama’s genius idea with Solyndra.
Yes, Biden does something similar to Obama…again.
Biden also has no justification to invoke the Defense Production Act: “The Defense Production Act is the primary source of presidential authorities to expedite and expand the supply of materials and services from the U.S. industrial base needed to promote the national defense. DPA authorities are available to support: emergency preparedness activities conducted pursuant to title VI of the Stafford Act; protection or restoration of critical infrastructure; and efforts to prevent, reduce vulnerability to, minimize damage from, and recover from acts of terrorism within the United States.”
Biden’s explanation for using the DPA does not match the criteria:
Specifically, the President is authorizing the Department of Energy to use the DPA to rapidly expand American manufacturing of five critical clean energy technologies:
Solar panel parts like photovoltaic modules and module components; Building insulation; Heat pumps, which heat and cool buildings super efficiently; Equipment for making and using clean electricity-generated fuels, including electrolyzers, fuel cells, and related platinum group metals; and Critical power grid infrastructure like transformers.
In deploying the DPA, the Biden-Harris Administration will strongly encourage the use of strong labor standards, including project labor agreements and community benefits agreements that offer wages at or above the prevailing rate and include local hire provisions. The Administration also will strongly encourage projects with environmental justice outcomes that empower the clean energy transition in low-income communities historically overburdened by legacy pollution.
Following this announcement, the White House and the Department of Energy will convene relevant industry, labor, environmental justice, and other key stakeholders as we maximize the impact of the DPA tools made available by President Biden’s actions and strengthen domestic clean energy manufacturing.
Even Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre could not explain why Biden invoked the DPA. Could it be because there is no valid reason to invoke it for this matter?
Karine Jean-Pierre can't point to a reason Biden invoked the Defense Production Act for solar panel manufacturing:
"What's the real emergency in the solar industry?" pic.twitter.com/RmZeUpshvh
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 6, 2022
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