I’m going to be at the Paris climate talks during the second week. If you’re planning to be there, send me a note. And if you’re not (or even if you are) stay tuned for a series of posts from me, Varun, and several of our colleagues on the summit and on climate policy more broadly that will run during the talks. Read more »
This post was co-written with Cole Wheeler, CFR’s research associate for energy and the environment.
Unfettered access to U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) was reportedly a prime motivation behind Japan’s decision to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks. The United States already gives automatic approval of exports to 18 other countries with which it has special free trade agreements (FTAs), but requires distinct permits for exports to others, including Japan. Yet there has been scant (if any) reporting on this issue since the release of the final TPP text two weeks ago, and there appears to be considerable confusion about what the deal actually does. A look at the text of the agreement in the context of U.S. law confirms that it grants automatic approval of exports to Japan and the other TPP member nations. Read more »