Monday, June 29, 2009

freer trade better for the environment?

While more international shipments of goods may lead to more pollution emitted from planes, trucks and boats, a WTO/UN Environment Program report released on June 26 argues that freer trade would also make green technology more accessible to more consumers, effectively lightening the world's carbon footprint. I am not convinced as to the net benefit, based on this rationale (margin cost to the environment vs. marginal benefit).

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