Articles on Protectionism

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Bush, seen here in 2006, revoked his steel tariffs less than two years after imposing them in 2002. Reuters/Jason Reed

George W. Bush tried steel tariffs. It didn’t work

President Trump slapped steep tariffs on steel imports, echoing protectionist measures taken by Bush in 2002.
Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them. only_kim/

Better ways to foster solar innovation and save jobs

The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Sparks fly: workers produce steel at a small plant in Shenyang, northeast China. EPA/MARK

Fact Check: is China dumping steel?

Politicians in Europe, the US and the UK have blamed steel industry woes on artificially cheap imports.
President Trump could withdraw from environmental treaties, but trade protectionism could be an opportunity for reform. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

Trump presidency presents challenges and opportunities for the environment

While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.

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