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Thursday, February 25, 2016

World Trade Org ruled against India's solar program, and less pollution

It seems like the WTO is ruling for more pollution when it ruled against Indian's solar program. List of WTO related docs here.

India has named the solar program as a core component of its contribution to the Paris agreement to tackle climate change. But today, the WTO released its ruling against India's National Solar Mission, deciding that India's efforts to boost local production of solar cells violated WTO rules. Though India argued that the program helps the country to meet its climate commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the WTO rejected that argument.
It seems common sense should rule when we're talking about addressing climate change, but good, even great, ideas seem to get killed by technicalities.

It seems the US filed a complaint with the UN, from WTO document WT/DS456/R:
1.1.     On 6 February 2013 and 10 February 2014, the United States requested consultations with India pursuant to Articles 1 and 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), Article XXII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994), and Article 8 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs Agreement) with respect to the measures and claims set out below. 1   
You can read WT/DS456/R and decide for yourself.

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