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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Trade War Looms With Failure of the Kyoto Protocol blockquote

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 dicembre 2011

Durban, South Africa – Global trade expert, World Growth Chairman Ambassador Alan Oxley, a former Ambassador to and Chairman of the GATT, warned today that if the imminent failure of the Kyoto Protocol drives the EU to expand use of climate change trade barriers, it could trigger a trade war in which it could be the major loser. Ambassador Oxley’s comments came following a special seminar on Trade and Climate Change today in Durban hosted by the WTO, South African Department of Trade and Industry and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), where World Growth released a new report, “Avoiding Green Protectionism.” The report demonstrates that if officials and negotiators ensured measures they adopted did not impede free markets, they would not need to resort to growth-sapping unilateral trade barriers.
Ambassador Oxley also pointed out airline carbon taxes are not the first EU carbon trade barrier – the EU is already imposing restrictions on imports of biofuels and now timber products. Other members of the WTO, namely Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United States have already complained about discriminatory EU restrictions on biofuel imports, noted Ambassador Oxley.“And now Canada’s former Ambassador to the WTO, John Weekes, has called for Canada to file a legal complaint against the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive on similar grounds.“The decade of campaigning for the Kyoto Protocol emboldened environmental groups like Greenpeace and WWF to push for anti-dumping penalties to restrict imports of timber products and now biofuels, such as palm oil.“The illegal logging trade bans are ugly, blunt tools and the wrong response – the incidence of illegal logging worldwide is small and declining. These bans are being promoted by Green groups as part of their global campaign to restrict commercial forestry.“The resort to Green Protectionism is as futile as the effort to secure global support for the cut in emissions mandated in the Kyoto Protocol. If environmental officials had paid attention to this simple fact when the Protocol was negotiated, there might today be on the table the basis for global agreement to reduce emissions which most countries could support.”
World Growth is an international non-governmental organization established to expand the research, information, advocacy, and other resources to improve the economic conditions and living standards in developing and transitional countries. At World Growth, we embrace the age of globalization and the power of free trade to eradicate poverty and create jobs and opportunities. World Growth supports the production of palm oil and the use of forestry as a means to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. World Growth believes a robust cultivation of palm oil and forestry provides an effective means of environmental stewardship that can serve as the catalyst for increasing social and economic development. For more information on World Growth, visit http://www.worldgrowth.org.

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