06 Jul '18, 6pm

Why is the Trump administration putting a tariff on Chinese LEDs?

Why is the Trump administration putting a tariff on Chinese LEDs?

Could it be that more efficient lighting means less coal being dug to power it? Perhaps the most important green revolution in the last decade has been the switch to LED lighting. They use a tenth of the power that incandescents did and last so long that they are changing lighting design and becoming part of the fabric of buildings. One of the leaders in the industry is Cree, which makes 5.5 BILLION LED chips each year in Durham, North Carolina. But it ships a lot of those to China, where they are assembled into fixtures, and then shipped back. Now, the Trump administration is imposing a 25 percent duty on LEDs imported from China, even though they are made with American diodes. According to Jay Greene in the Wall Street Journal, The fallout will lead to “reductions in our R&D spend, our expansion of manufacturing facilities, and, therefore, the development of new cutting-...

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