"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
Former Research Fellow, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, 2006–2009
Weinberg Fellow, Energy and Transportation Science Division, Energy and Engineering Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee
Fellow in Energy and Technology, Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleLast Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm