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Energy is important to the NAFTA economies. Abundant and affordable energy is one of the key engines of North American competitiveness in the world. But, the NAFTA as an agreement has few direct linkages to the energy sector. It seems surprising that a sector that represents such a large part of NAFTA trade has such a limited relationship with the major legal agreement governing cross-border commerce when energy too travels across borders. An understanding of the basic rationale for trade agreements helps to explain why this is the case.

What do NAFTA renegotiations mean for the North American energy sector? by The Wilson Center on Scribd

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Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Former Director, Canada Institute,
Former Senior Economic Analyst, U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada
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