Senators Stand for the Climate in Opposing USMCA

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he voted against the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement today on the grounds that it doesn’t combat dangerous climate change.

Trade leads to greater industrial activity and transportation, which – left unchecked – means more carbon emissions. NRDC opposed this trade pact because it failed to account for those emissions.

The following is a statement from Jake Schmidt, managing director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“The opposition from congressional leaders such as Sen. Schumer demonstrates that a new standard has now been set: Any new trade agreement must address the preeminent issue of the 21st century, climate change.”

“The USMCA was a missed opportunity to strengthen international climate commitments. Now we know it won’t be a model for future trade deals. The next trade pact must ensure that international commerce progresses alongside climate protection.”

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