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What is NAFTA? Why is it important to us in the U.S.?

Describe the regulatory system designed to protect the environment in the U.S. beginning in the 1970s. What were the factors that drove the implementation of these new acts?

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What is NAFTA? Why is it important to us in the U.S.?

NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement among Canada, US, and Mexico to reduce trade barriers among the three countries, as well as institute common and harmonized ways for dealing with imports from other countries. Negotiated under President Bush (41) and ratified under President Clinton, NAFTA has increased trade amongst the three countries, while also providing a ...

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We describe the regulatory system designed to protect the environment in the U.S. beginning in the 1970s and the factors that drove the implementation of these new acts? We also look at NAFTA and its importance to the US.

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NAFTA and environmental regulations

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico whose purpose is to eliminate tariffs between the countries and promote all aspects of international trade.

There are many arguments for and against the treaty. One of the arguments against centers on the fact that Mexican industries do not have to meet the same environmental regulations as industries in the United States and Canada. The U.S. and Canada have intervened in the marketplace and tried to internalize some of the costs of pollution by placing regulations on the amount of pollutants that industries can emit.

Opponents of NAFTA point out that pollution is largely a free good in Mexico, and that being free to pollute gives industries in Mexico an economic advantage over those in the U.S. and Canada. Is there an equitable solution to this problem while still protecting the environment we all share? What is that solution?

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