The ruling is a particularly harsh kick in the gut to climate cooperation, coming so soon after the Paris accord in December.
Clayton Aldern, Grist / Daily Climate
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Daily Climate Editor comments: Earlier this year we wrote about the potential for two trade deals sought by the US to undermine the climate deal. Looks like it's happening. -DF
24 Feb 2016 | The World Trade Organization delivered a blow to India’s ambitious solar power program on Wednesday at the behest of the United States. So much for all that nice chatter about international climate cooperation back in December.
Responding to a U.S. complaint, a WTO dispute panel ruled that several provisions of India’s National Solar Mission were “inconsistent” with international trade norms. The point of contention? India’s solar plan, which seeks to install 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022, requires a certain percentage of cells and panels to be manufactured locally.
These types of provisions, called domestic content requirements, are prohibited under most international trade agreements. Want to be part of the WTO? You gotta be open to trade — every time — or you’re guilty of the dreaded protectionism.
Clayton Aldern is a senior fellow at Grist.
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