Friday, October 05, 2018

How Trump's New Trade Deal Could Prolong His Pollution Legacy

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, shown here at a G7 meeting in June, have clashed in recent months. At one point, Trump threatened to drop Canada from a NAFTA rewrite and make a trade deal with Mexico alone. (Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
President Donald Trump's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico makes no mention of climate change, but it's likely to have lasting implications for North America's energy future.

In many ways, the deal extends features of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that environmentalists say promote fossil fuel development and polluting practices.  But it also contains new provisions that could make it easier for corporations to challenge climate and environment regulations in the three countries even before they're adopted.

In this way, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) has the potential to enshrine the Trump administration's anti-regulatory agenda into one of the country's most important trade agreements, environmental advocates said. 

"Trump's NAFTA deal could have the effect of prolonging his polluting legacy for years after he leaves office," said Ben Beachy, director of the Sierra Club's responsible trade program. 

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