Monthly Archives: February 2016

Politico: Labor fights “free-trade” Dems

Politico reports that Labor is fighting against the so-called “free-trade” Congressional Democrats supportive of TPP:

Labor’s fight against the White House’ free-trade agenda is moving into the trenches in tight Democratic races, with many of the 28 moderates who supported “fast-track” trade promotion legislation now targeted for that and their likely support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

California Rep. Scott Peters estimates his reelection campaign is likely to see a $200,000 to $300,000 drop in labor donations — about a seventh of his total contributions so far — and fewer ground volunteers knocking on doors unless he changes his trade stance.

In case it’s not clear, we do not believe that TPP represents “free-trade.”

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For the full article: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/labor-democrats-trade-deal-tpp-219810#ixzz41WulauDK

 

 

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Huff Post: WTO Rules Against India’s Solar Program

Who could be against solar energy? Apparently, the WTO. From “The WTO Just Ruled Against India’s Booming Solar Program:”

On the heels of the recent global summit in Paris to tackle climate disruption, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against an important piece of the climate solution puzzle: India’s ambitious program to create homegrown solar energy. The ruling shows that decades-old, over-reaching trade rules are out of sync with the global challenge to transition to 100 percent clean energy.

In just five years, thanks to India’s National Solar Mission, India has gone from having virtually no solar capacity to boasting one of the world’s fastest-growing solar industries. In just the last year, a parade of leading solar companies has announced plans to establish new factories in India to produce solar cells, the parts of solar panels that use sunlight to produce electricity. 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.

 

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Read the full article here.