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NAFTA fuelling climate change in North America – Advisory


Leading economists say deal is adding 1,488 megatonnes of emissions in Canada

As NAFTA negotiations close in on an agreement in principle, a new tri-national report by leading Canadian, Mexican and American economists will be launched at a tele-press conference on Tuesday morning. The report has found that NAFTA’s existing regulations prevent Canada from reducing almost 1,500 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, which would nix any chance Canada has of meeting its Paris Agreement commitments on climate change. 

The report, NAFTA 2.0: For People or Polluters?, will be published Tuesday by the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club U.S., and Greenpeace Mexico. It details how the existing NAFTA binds all three countries to fossil fuel futures and how current negotiations make the problems worse.

What: Coinciding with the release of the report, NAFTA 2.0: For People Or Polluters?, U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and the report’s authors will reveal the climate pollution locked in by NAFTA, lay out proposals for a climate-friendly NAFTA replacement, and expose new climate hazards hidden in Trump's NAFTA 2.0 agenda.

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 11:15 a.m. ET

Call-In Details: (515) 739-1525, Access code: 412700

Speakers include:

  • U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal
  • Ben Beachy, report author and director of the Sierra Club’s A Living Economy Program
  • Gordon Laxer, report author, political economist, and founding director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Canada

The report will be available the morning of the press conference.