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Monday, January 28, 2019

Strategic CSR - The Amazon

I had to read the opening sentence of the article in the url below twice to make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me:
"The Trump administration is considering an international challenge to Peru's deforestation of the Amazon, the first time the United States has prepared to act against a trading partner for violating environmental standards in a trade agreement, according to people with knowledge of the proposed action."
Then, I wondered why The New York Times had buried the story on p4 of the business supplement. Not only is this a pro-environment move by the current administration, but it is the first time the US has ever enforced a trade agreement to achieve that goal. The article explains it as an attempt to mollify Democrats about enforcement provisions in the new Canada/Mexico/US trade agreement to replace NAFTA:
"In a signal to Democrats that he is willing to act aggressively on issues they consider important, the United States trade representative … is considering challenging Peru's decision to dismantle an agency created to stop the illegal harvesting of trees in the Amazon rain forest under the 2007 United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement."
Either way, however, it seems a big step to take if mollifying the Democrats was the only goal. Maybe the president doesn't know about it, which is why The NYT was burying it. If he was alerted to it, he might change course quickly. As the article notes:
"The potential action … comes as President Trump systematically scales back protections of wilderness areas in the United States."
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In Overture to Democrats, Administration May Challenge Peru on Deforestation
By Glenn Thrush
December 20, 2018
The New York Times
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