Experts see few green gains in rewrite of Nafta


Critics say the new accord fails to address climate impacts of increased regional trade. (Photo courtesy of CEC)

As the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) has reshaped the region’s economy over the past quarter century, environmental safeguards implemented in conjunction with the accord have been widely criticized as weak. Small wonder, then, that a proposed rewrite of the trade deal has prompted green advocates to ask: would the revised scheme improve regional green protections or make them even weaker?  Given U.S. President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards green initiatives ranging from land conservation to climate protection, advocates did not have high hopes for the deal, which was pushed in large part by him. Since the 2,000-page United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) was unveiled on Oct. 1, however, many experts have concluded that the new trade pact, if ratified by the... [Log in to read more]

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