CEI Expert Testifies on Trade and International Environment

CEI Expert Testifies on Trade and International Environment

Exposes Threats of Linking Trade and Environmental Standards
June 21, 2000

Washington, DC, June 21, 2000 – Should environmental regulations be linked to trade? In expert testimony before the Committee on International Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, CEI Director of International Environmental Policy Myron Ebell attacked such linkage as “the gravest threat to international trade before us.”

“Trade is one of the principal means of increasing wealth.  As people become wealthier, they become more concerned about environmental quality and they acquire the resources to spend on protecting the environment,” testified Ebell. “For the international environmental movement, however, trade is the enemy precisely because it increases wealth.”

CEI has a long history of analysis and research of international environmental issues. A registered non-governmental organization (NGO) since 1992, CEI has participated in a number of international negotiations, including the Rio Earth Summit, the Kyoto Protocol, and the Seattle WTO meetings.

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