FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James Arnold or Mary Collins Atkinson (202) 224-2353
April 14, 2021 

Cotton, Colleagues Call on President to Shun “Green” Tech Produced by Slave Labor

Washington, D.C. – Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) released the following statement on “green” products purchased as a part of President Biden’s infrastructure plan:

“Products stained with the blood of slave labor will never be clean or green. Any infrastructure proposal from President Biden must bar U.S. taxpayer support of products like solar panels that are made in camps by Uyghurs and other groups held hostage by the Chinese Communist Party. The United States government should play no role in subsidizing or partaking in this barbaric treatment of ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”

Background: 

  • China’s Xinjiang region produces 71 percent of the world’s photovoltaic solar modules – and Xinjiang silicon is contained in at least 95 percent of silicon-based solar modules.

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