The three amigos, Canada, Mexico and the USA, are meeting today in an attempt to sell out the USA one last time. How easy it is to forget what NAFTA has done to us. Buried with all that happened yesterday was a Trump speech worthy of some attention. What perked me up was Trump indicating he wanted to re-negotiate the NAFTA treaty as well as his opposition to TPP. One thing was running Mexican trucks up our gullet. Let’s roll back the clock and do a recall. Obama/We pay to fix Mexico’s trucks to meet Obama’s new EPA standards that he set. Makes sense.
The Obama administration announced a proposal last week to resurrect a controversial program that gives Mexican cargo trucks access to American highways. (New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011)
According to a NAFTA arbitration panel, a cross-border trucking program included in the agreement requires the United States to allow trucks from Mexico and Canada access to American highways. (Secretariat File No. USA-MEX-98-2008-01)
But first, because Mexicans would not pay for meeting our EPA standards, we did. Nice. Then we have the security issues, but hey, what’s a few more Mexicans, terrorists, or whatever.
U.S. pays to upgrade Mexican Trucks
In the latest effort to accommodate its cherished trade partner in the south, the U.S. government is paying to upgrade outdated Mexican trucks that hemorrhage illegal amounts of exhaust on their trips north to deliver merchandise.
Since the Mexican truckers have no intention of fixing the problem, Uncle Sam has stepped in to save the environment. U.S. taxpayers have picked up the cost to replace old mufflers on dozens of trucks and many more are scheduled to be upgraded by the middle of this year. The unbelievable story was reported this week by an Arizona newspaper that says replacing the old mufflers with new catalytic converters will reduce harmful diesel emissions by up to 30%. Full story here Judicial Watch
Mexican government says it will ease its trade sanctions against U.S. imports only after its trucks are allowed to cross the border.
Sanctions? Juan really…
Juan Carlos Munoz, president of Mexico’s National Chamber of Motor Transport of Freight, said Mexican trucks cannot meet U.S. environmental emissions standards, which effectively shuts them out of the market.
Mexican oil companies “do not have sufficient capacity to supply the diesel suitable for these new technologies” required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Munoz said after meeting with Mexico’s transportation secretary. From: All Headline News :