When I started researching the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), I was surprised at how difficult it was to find any environmental analyses on the liberalization of specific goods, such as US dairy products. I was even more surprised to hear silence from environmental organizations on the topic of which goods should be liberalized.
This omission is a pretty glaring oversight. Dan and I wrote “The Environmental Potential of Free Trade” to show why policymakers should build efficiency goals into trade agreements and why environmental organizations should chime in about the specific goods liberalized by trade deals like USMCA. Otherwise, we risk leaving environmental benefits on the table or, worse, generating unintended consequences.