Would it surprise you to learn that the environmental community is full of hypocrites?
The environmentalists have pushed President Obama and his Commerce Department to put a 31% tariff on imported Chinese solar panels (retroactively). This occurred in May and is in full force today.
This is a case where the environmentalists want to favor domestic solar panel production and have great disdain for panels that are brought across the Pacific Ocean from China. They are misfocused on the transportation costs involved rather than the increase in expense for domestic buyers of solar panels.
Environmentalists are fanatics and are unable understand the there are supply and demand curves based on price. A 31% increase in the cost of Chinese solar means fewer total solar panels will be installed in America. They don't care or they don't understand. I have never seen environmentalists care about the reality of financial costs unless it supports their argument.
These are genuine hypocrites. If you want solar panels expect to pay more or more intelligently dump your environmental ideas.