Publication

The Conflicting Economic and Environmental Logics of North American Governance

NAFTA, Energy Subsidies and Climate Change

March 3, 2003 37 pages

The Conflicting Economic and Environmental Logics of North American Governance

NAFTA, Energy Subsidies and Climate Change

March 3, 2003 37 pages

Description

NAFTA promised the development of a green economy throughout North America. Provisions against downward harmonization, the respect for state autonomy in environmental regulation, and the creation of the Commission for Environmental Co-operation gave hope to North Americans that an environmentally sustainable trade regime was possible.

Despite good environmental intentions, the agreement inhibits the achievement of cleaner energy trade by allowing and encouraging the subsidization of fossil fuel development, by preventing governments from regulating the rate of resource depletion, and by entrenching neo-conservative, deregulatory values favoring the priorities of transnational corporations over those of conservation and environmental protection.

Additional Information

Document Type: Project publication
Theme: Climate Change, Green Economy