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  •  Some good thoughts there. (2+ / 0-)
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    joe shikspack, VigilantLiberal

    I'd note that the Solar energy company Obama visited had received a $500 million guaranteed loan from the gov't for a new factory, so in that case it wasn't for lack of trying.
    But overall policy the last 20 years has been awful in that regard. On again (Democratic) off-again (Republican) incentives have significantly weakened alternative energy companies because they can't plan effectively.

    George Bush actually tried a steel tarriff, and it turned out that those affected by it could have harmed us more than we could have gained by keeping them in place. What I think we need are free trade agreements only with countries who have basic labor and environmental standards. Pretty radical to pull out of GATT and NAFTA and set up a new treaty along these lines, but eminently reasonable all the same.

    No one ever created a vibrant economy by building houses for each other. Houses are built because there is a vibrant economy.

    by Doug in SF on Mon Sep 05, 2011 at 09:30:04 AM PDT

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    •  what you advocate is called "Fair Trade" (3+ / 0-)
      What I think we need are free trade agreements only with countries who have basic labor and environmental standards.

      It is already a thriving movement.  It declares that if the WTO and free trade agreements are not going to go away (and they are not), then it's time for us to use them as weapons, by forcing the inclusion of "fair trade" requirements (worker rights, minimum wages, safety and purity standards, environmental protections) into the WTO rules themselves, thereby forcing every company on the planet to follow these standards.

      The US has given lip service to the Fair Trade movement--and not much else.

       

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