Monthly Archives: July 2005

Clever new approach to Climate Change

The reaction to the “proposed six-nation pact”:http://ca.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2005-07-28T042819Z_01_N28305145_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-AUSTRALIA-COL.XML on climate change is beginning to warm up—both for and against. I consider it’s a clever move to take the lead on global climate change policy. What we know so far inspires confidence that this proposal might, unlike the Kyoto protocol, achieve real change The European Commission “approves”:http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticleSearch.aspx?storyID=217999+28-Jul-2005+RTRS&srch=climate+eu […]

Survey of the WTO negotiations

Some readers have accused me, offline, of describing a dead negotiation as ‘just resting’ (or, perhaps, “‘pining for the fjords’”:http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ebarnes/python/dead-parrot.htm). I’m less pessimistic than many commentators about remaining opportunities in these negotiations; but I’m not a”‘ressurectionist’”:http://www.literaturepage.com/read/taleoftwocities-176.html. Fortunately, I don’t need to be. As I “predicted”:http://www.inquit.com/article/455/wto-agriculture-negotiations-gloom-abounds, the Director-General of WTO—tired of playing with an ‘alarm button’ […]

CAFTA Bill passes House by 2 votes

Monumental efforts have produced a victory—of sorts—that gives little comfort. The narrow passage of the CAFTA bill poses a worrying question about Congress’ willingness to make changes in the future to secure much bigger rewards for U.S. trade The biggest concern is the apparent reason for the victory even by a narrow margin was not […]

WTO agriculture negotiations: gloom abounds

“Flop in July; fail (possibly) in September”. That seems to be the prognosis from the FT and Reuters reports out of Geneva following the Heads of Delegation meeting Tuesday. It’s what I “expected to hear”:http://www.inquit.com/article/452/how-the-us-and-ec-summed-up-dalian. There’s one more step before the summer break in Geneva. I’m not looking for a “breakthrough” but I suspect that […]

Net benefits of cutting greenhouse gasses

The Kyoto treaty would have little impact on greenhouse emissions even if ratified by all; economic analysis suggests that if there is an urgent need to do something it is to find means of cutting emissions other than treaty “targets”, including the use of more appropriate technologies. The netbenefits of emission controls over the next […]

Where’s the US Trade Representative?

Portman’s absence from the WTO trade negotiations has been obvious for some months. United States’ priorities lie elsewhere: with CAFTA, specifically. He sent his Deputy to the recent Dalian meeting in China while he rode the elevator on Capitol Hill In the past I’ve downplayed the distraction factor of regional agreements. I’ve argued that politics […]

WTO Agriculture negotiations: ‘e pur si muove’

I’ve summarized the evidence from statements at the Ministerial meeting in Dalian (China) two weeks ago that Agriculture Negotiations chairman Tim Grosser will not have the material for his planned ‘approximation’ of the final deal at next Tuesday’s meeting with Geneva Ambassadors (26 July). But still … there is some movement to report It’s a […]