India has been told by the World Trade Organization that it cannot go ahead as planned with an ambitious plan for a massive expansion of its renewable energy sector, because it seeks to provide work for the Indian people. The case against India was brought by the United States.
The ruling says India’s National Solar Mission—which would create local jobs, while bringing electricity to millions of people—must be changed because it includes a domestic content clause requiring part of the solar cells to be produced in India.
Stunningly, this ruling was brought about because India and the United States signed on to the Paris agreement combating climate change last December. President Obama praised the deal, but he was swift to invoke the climate accords to stymie India’s efforts to produce jobs for its own citizens.
One official of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy told India Climate Dialogue that the ruling might make the country’s solar plan more expensive and would definitely hit domestic manufacturing and, consequently, the possibility of creating jobs in the sector.
The government-funded program aims to generate 100 gigawatts of solar energy annually by 2022. One gigawatt is enough, for example, to supply the needs of 750,000 typical U.S. homes.
Sam Cossar-Gilbert, economic justice and resisting neoliberalism program co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth International, said the ruling “shows how arcane trade rules can be used to undermine governments that support clean energy and local jobs. The ink is barely dry on the UN Paris agreement, but clearly trade still trumps real action on climate change.”
This is a lesson for people on ways that the Trans Pacific Partnership, a massive income and political power redistribution scam falsely marketed as a trade treaty, will alter US government policy that might benefit the 99 percent in the United States. Your federal and state government’s will be challenged in a secret tribunal over any policies, including raising minimum wages and labeling GMO food content, any foreign corporation arbitrarily decides will roll back its future anticipated profits. And they can make up any numbers they want, for decades into the future.