Climate policy options and the World Trade Organization
AbstractThis paper examines whether the climate policy options policymakers are contemplating are compatible with core principles of the world trading system set forth in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Appellate Body decisions. The authors argue that border measuresboth import restrictive measures and export subsidiescontemplated in US climate bills and the climate policies of other countries stand a fair chance of being challenged in the WTO. Given the prospect of foreseeable conflicts with WTO rules, the authors suggest that key WTO members should attempt to negotiate a new code that delineates a large green space for measures that are designed to limit GHG emissions both within the member country and globally. By green space, the authors mean policy space for climate measures that are imposed in a manner broadly consistent with core WTO principles even if a technical violation of WTO law could occur. To encourage WTO negotiating efforts along these lines, the authors recommend a time-limited peace clause to be adopted into climate legislation of major emitting countries. The peace clause would suspend the application of border measures or other extraterritorial controls for a defined period while WTO negotiations are under way. --
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Date of creation: 2009
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Global warming climate change; climate policy options; world trading system; world trade organization; WTO; border measures;
Other versions of this item:
- Hufbauer, Gary Clyde & Kim, Jisun, 2009. "Climate Policy Options and the World Trade Organization," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 3(29), pages 1-15.
- F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
- F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
- K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
- Q54 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Climate; Natural Disasters
- Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-07-28 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENE-2009-07-28 (Energy Economics)
- NEP-ENV-2009-07-28 (Environmental Economics)
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- Gary Clyde Hufbauer & Steve Charnovitz & Jisun Kim, 2009. "Global Warming and the World Trading System," Peterson Institute Press: All Books, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Peterson Institute for International Economics, number 4280, July.
- Silverstein, David N., 2010. "A method to finance a global climate fund with a harmonized carbon tax," MPRA Paper 27121, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- Silverstein, David N., 2011. "Using a harmonized carbon price framework to finance the Green Climate Fund," MPRA Paper 35280, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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