Mark Perry rightly points out that in the name of protecting domestic production, the administration move to impose tariffs on Chinese solar panels is really a tax on domestic consumers of panels. While Chinese companies are trying to offer US consumers panels at a discount the US government has decided that this is a bad thing. Of course, for inefficient US producers this might be a bad thing; and so they devote considerable funds to lobbying and shaping domestic energy policy to hurt consumers and help themselves.

This is Rainy Day Boots.

-JD Cross