Wall Street Journal: Hey, guess what will save solar?

Fill in the blanks from the first two paragraphs of this Wall Street Journal article:

______ should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices.
A. Consumer demand
B. Expanding choice in utilities
C. Both A and B
D. Government mandates

While the tariffs may slow the rate of solar expansion, ______ will continue to help create a baseline market for solar power, particularly for large, utility-scale projects.
A. Consumer demand
B. Expanding choice in utilities
C. Both A and B
D. local and state policies requiring utilities to procure renewable energy

If you answered D both times, you’re a winner. You probably know that solar energy advocates acknowledge that solar is an unsustainable industry without lots of government aid.

On the other hand, unless you’re a crony in the solar industry benefitting from the government mandates and policies, you’re ultimately losing along with all the rest of us energy consumers.

What we need is market competition, not tariffs on solar and not cronyism for solar, either.

Jon Sanders / Director of Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...

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