What would a Trump presidency mean to the US solar industry?
Since Solar Tribune published the “Solar Scorecard”
of 2016 presidential contenders in January, The Republican field has
grown even larger, while the field has narrowed on the Democrat’s side
of the race. In fact, the Republican side is becoming so crowded that it
takes not one, but a series of debates to get them all on stage.
Similarly, it will take a series of articles to cover the solar stances
of all of the candidates.
As of this writing, Donald Trump continues to be the frontrunner in
the Republican race. The bombastic billionaire media-hound continues to
make headlines with his condemnation of big government and the status
quo, and those headlines are keeping his poll numbers high. Most
political reporters agree, though, Mr. Trump’s campaign to date has been
light on substance, and his position on energy policy remains unclear.
Can we look at “The Donald’s” past statement and extrapolate anything
about what a Trump presidency might mean to the US solar industry?
On January 25th, 2012, @realDonaldTrump tweeted, “After Solyndra,
@BarackObama is stil (sic) intent on wasting our tax dollars on unproven
technologies and risky companies. He must be accountable.”