Press Release

NRDC: NAFTA Rewrite Fails Key Climate Test

Mark Drajem, 202-297-5444

Elizabeth Heyd, 202-289-2424

WASHINGTON - Congress must reject a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement that fails to protect the environment and address climate change, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental groups said in a letter to lawmakers today.

News reports say that the administration is close to reaching an agreement with House leaders on a new trade pact, now being called USMCA.  

The following is a statement from Dan West, a senior advocate for NRDC:

“Trade is good, but more trade also means more production and more transportation of goods — and that means more carbon pollution. That’s why any modern trade agreement, such as a reworked NAFTA, must include climate protections.

“While the details are still secret, all indications are that the revised NAFTA pact fails this key climate test, and we will be forced to oppose it.”

Here is some background information on climate, Paris and the USMCA:

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