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NAFTA and the Environment: Seven Years Later

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  • Gary Clyde Hufbauer

    (Peterson Institute for International Economics)

  • Daniel C. Esty

    (Yale University)

  • Diana Orejas

    (Institute for International Economics Author -Name: Luis Rubio
    Institute for International Economics Author -Name: Jeffrey J. Schott
    Peterson Institute for International Economics)

Abstract

Air and water pollution blighted northern Mexican cities long before the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a glimmer on the political horizon. Not surprisingly, when NAFTA became a political reality, environmentalists argued that commercial competition would weaken environmental standards in Canada and the United States and industrial growth in Mexico would further damage its weak environmental infrastructure. NAFTA's huge success in expanding free trade has concentrated population and environmental abuse at the US-Mexico border where it is most visible to Americans. Many environmental groups blame NAFTA and, drawing on its experience, now oppose new trade initiatives.Does the NAFTA record on the environment since 1994 justify its criticism? In this seven-year analysis, the authors review NAFTA's environmental provisions, including a side accord--the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the situation at the US-Mexican border, and the trends in North American environmental policy. They emphasize that the environmental problems of North America were not the result of NAFTA and the NAAEC was not devised to address all of them. The authors recommend ways to better NAFTA's environmental dimension in all three countries, and improve living conditions where economic growth is greatest--at the US-Mexican border. It makes more sense to tackle the shortcomings than to lament NAFTA and the economic growth it promotes.

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This book is provided by Peterson Institute for International Economics in its series Peterson Institute Press: All Books with number pa61 and published in 2000.

ISBN: 978-0-88132-299-6
Handle: RePEc:iie:ppress:pa61

Note: Policy Analyses in International Economics 61
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Cited by:
  1. Kevin P. Gallagher, . "01-08 "Is NACEC a Model Trade and Environment Institution? Lessons from Mexican Industry"," GDAE Working Papers 01-08, GDAE, Tufts University.
  2. Margolis, Michael & Shogren, Jason, 2004. "How Trade Politics Affect Invasive Species Control," Discussion Papers dp-04-07, Resources For the Future.
  3. Jeffrey A. Frankel, 2003. "The Environment and Globalization," NBER Working Papers 10090, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  4. Cole, Matthew A., 2004. "US environmental load displacement: examining consumption, regulations and the role of NAFTA," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 48(4), pages 439-450, April.
  5. Colyer, Dale, 2003. "Agriculture and Environmental Issues in Free Trade Agreements," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 4(2).

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