Commerce nominee talks offshore wind

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Commerce Secretary nominee Gina Raimondo was vague Tuesday about how she would handle tariffs that former President Donald Trump imposed on imported solar panels from China, which domestic installers want removed, as Pro’s Gavin Bade reports . “I understand it is time-sensitive and challenging and many jobs are at stake,” she said at her confirmation hearing Tuesday, before adding that she looks forward to “learning more about” the issue. Raimondo, however, repeatedly voiced her support for offshore wind power. NOAA, housed under Commerce, oversees the review of how offshore wind facilities affect fisheries and other marine life. By streamlining that process, Raimondo said the agency could “help create thousands of jobs in offshore wind.”