WTO rules against India solar PV(action called by USA)

…”In 2014, however, the United States launched a WTO(WorldTradeOrgnisation) case against India’s ambitious solar program. The United States claimed that the “buy-local” rules of the first phases of the program, which say that power companies must use solar components made in India in order to benefit from the government-subsidized program, discriminate against U.S. solar exports…Bringing this case is a perverse move for the United States. Nearly half of U.S. states have renewable energy programs that, like India’s solar program, include “buy-local” rules that create local, green jobs and bring new solar entrepreneurs to the economy.”

>more> HuffingtonPost

USA hides favours to local manufacturing, while continuing with  tariffs to protect against competition from imports – so what’s the difference? – “As a top-two Chinese c-Si producer and major supplier to the U.S. Yingli welcomed the ruling today, noting that it will receive the lowest combined AD and DVD rate under the final determination, of 21.73%. This is down from 29.18% under the former DoC ruling.”

Imagine how big a bonanza for legal eagles, (with rights to litigate even Aust Government, even in foreign courts)hidden away in TPP(Trans Pacific Partnership), of as many as 6000 pages!! This means big buck compensation for things like new regs considered “restraint of trade” like plain paper cigarette packaging. Similarly if we ever get serious emission and pollution regs, or OH&S or…


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This is on behalf of local climate change group. Material is selected by Bernie McComb and does not necessarily represent opinion of whole group.
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