he United States is working on a plan to promote the use of clean energy as a way to reduce pollution and create new jobs.
The goal is ideal, but the government's plan to stimulate the economy has a flaw.
The government is paying other countries to help them compete against American companies.
Fortunately The Obama administration moved Wednesday to impose stiff new tariffs on wind-energy towers made in China, the latest strike in an escalating trade war over clean energy.
The decision could result in tariffs of those amounts being imposed on about a dozen Chinese companies that export large steel towers used in U.S. wind farms.
The towers covered by the ruling are least 150 feet high and support turbines that generate at least 100 kilowatts of electricity each. The United States imported steel towers worth an estimated $222 million from China last year.
The decision follows a Commerce Department decision earlier this month to impose tariffs averaging about 31 percent on solar cells and panels imported from China.
The country's energy goals need to focus on our ability to be independent from other countries and that includes keeping American companies in the forefront during the manufacturing process.
The United States shouldn't be offering subsidies to other countries for items that can be produced within our boundaries.