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Secretary Bryson Travels to Pittsburgh to Tour Energy Company and Meet with Business Leaders

Secretary Bryson is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today, where he has a busy day. He started his day meeting the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council (DEC) over breakfast. He shared the President’s outline for ensuring more items are made in America. The President has proposed an end to tax breaks for businesses that outsource, additional tax relief for those that bring jobs back, and lowering the tax rates for manufacturers, especially high-tech manufacturers. DEC members shared with him what they are hearing from their fellow business leaders about the challenges and successes of exporting into new and expanding markets.

After thanking DEC members for their hard work, Bryson toured Aquion Energy, a Carnegie Mellon University spin off and battery technology company. Bryson was joined by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Aquion CEO Scott Pearson. They toured the development lab, the manufacturing floor, and battery assembly room. Aquion Energy is working on bringing new battery technology to market. This technology is a sodium-ion battery optimized for stationary storage applications with a targeted commercial release of 2012 in applications such as micro-grid support, off-grid generator optimization, and grid-level energy services.

Bryson and Mayor Ravenstahl then headed over to Carnegie Mellon University to participate in a discussion with business leaders and Carnegie Mellon Vice President of Research Rick McCullough. Bryson highlighted the President’s call for new energy economy and the Department of Commerce’s support for manufacturers. To compete in a global economy, U.S. businesses need to build it here and sell it everywhere, which is why Secretary Bryson has agreed to co-chair the national office for the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. He is also relentlessly advocating for increasing America’s exports and investment in America’s companies, workers and ideas.

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Increasing exports

If Secretary Bryson wants to increase exports in America, he will need to bring down tariffs around the world. Instituting a new tariff on products made in China only invites retaliation. Imports and exports often rise together as a function of lowering tariffs. Did we learn nothing from the great depression?

The vast majority of solar jobs are in installation are not in manufacturing, but in the installation and service fields. The department of commerce can not treat claims of "dumping" as a serious charge if they wish to improve the global economy. If the claims were true, then China would be subsidizing tens of thousands of new jobs in America. The jobs are in installation, not in manufacturing. Recently released reports show that savings one to two thousand jobs in manufacturing through tariffs will cost over forty nine thousand jobs in installation. Customers will not purchase the panels made in America because they too expensive.

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