Aligning NAFTA with Climate Change Objectives

Aligning NAFTA with Climate Change Objectives


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Aligning NAFTA with Climate Change Objectives by Meera Fickling, Jeffrey Schott, Tanya Lat

NAFTA remains a centerpiece of US trade-policy debate, but its provisions have sacrificed environmental concerns for the sake of trade liberalization. This timely volume analyzes the national policies of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The authors explain how the competing priorities of province, state, or government agendas can slow coordination measures to curtail emissions throughout North America. But, North American cooperation could serve as a model for how developed and developing countries can mutually benefit from an international climate change agreement. Emission reduction is now inextricably linked with trade and finance measures in this post-Kyoto era.

The authors argue that the three NAFTA partners can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while mitigating concerns about trade competitiveness. NAFTA and Climate Change provides a critical assessment of how NAFTA initiatives will contribute to the achievement of important climate-change goals at both regional and global levels. This thorough investigation advances potential solutions, and ideas to develop practical channels for transferring technical and financial assistance from developed to developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and further economic development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881324365
Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Edition description: New
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jeffrey J. Schott joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics in 1983 and is a senior fellow working on international trade policy and economic sanctions. Durgaing his tenure at the Institute, Schott was also a visiting lecturer at Princeton University (1994) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University (1986–88). He was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1982–83) and an official of the US Treasury Department (1974–82) in international trade and energy policy. Durgaing the Tokyo Round of multilateral trade negotiations, he was a member of the US delegation that negotiated the GATT Subsidies Code. Since January 2003, he has been a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee of the US government. He is also a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.

Meera Fickling was a research analyst at the Peterson Institute from 2008 to 2011 and worked with Senior Fellows Gary Clyde Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott. Her areas of research included climate change and trade issues, particularly in North America. She is coauthor with Jeffrey J. Schott of NAFTA and Climate Change (2011). Her other publications include "Setting the NAFTA Agenda on Climate Change," "US and Canadian Climate Legislation by State and Province," and "Controlling Emissions in the Developing World: A Dissenting View." She has a BA in economics from the College of William and Mary.

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