WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) recently joined U.S. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to introduce the Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act, legislation to prohibit federal funds from being used to buy solar panels manufactured or assembled in Communist China, specifically the Xinjiang province, which is known for its use of forced labor.
“The Xinjiang province of China is a major producer of the world’s solar grade polysilicon. Given the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights violations and forced labor of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang province, it is imperative that we investigate the global supply chain for solar panels. As the demand for clean energy initiatives is growing, the federal government cannot support entities that benefit from these atrocities, especially while many have lost their jobs domestically as a result of these new energy initiatives,” Senator Capito said.
The Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act:
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