Here's a perfect illustration:
Companies that import solar panels to the United States are facing up to $70 million in unexpected tariffs.
This is insanity. Reasonable people can, in my assessment, differ over whether we should be subsidizing alternative technologies. But tariffs never make sense, and we should certainly not deliberately put alternative energy at a competitive disadvantage.
This tariff is especially worrying because it hints at a broader trade issue: the possibility that the U.S. might erect trade barriers against countries that do adopt what we regard as sufficiently stringent curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.
The only sensible trade policy is no trade policy, i.e., free trade.