Michigan’s Clean Energy Standards Violate International Trade Law
At the World Trade Organization last week, the United States lost a case at the panel level, where India had sued over discriminatory clean energy laws in seven U.S. states: California, Delaware, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana and Washington. (See Todd Tucker’s analysis.) These laws were all judged as being discriminatory because they provided preferential treatment for use of locally produced content. That is a clear violation of WTO law — even if the laws’ purpose was to promote green energy.