Save Your Job, Save Our Country: on Environment

Mexico provides escape from US environmental regulations

Besides low wages, another attraction for companies to relocate to Mexico is the loose enforcement of its health, safety, and environmental standards. Mexico provides US companies an escape hatch from increasingly expensive US regulations. For instance, the US General Accounting Office reported to Congress in 1992 that the Mexican government has neither the staff, funds, nor systems it needs to identify the new companies locating there, let alone monitor and enforce its environmental laws. A survey of six US plants operating in Mexico found that all the plants were operating without the required environmental licenses. This lack of government enforcement is neither unique nor extreme in Mexico.

The futility of he NAFTA side agreements [on labor and environmental standards] is obvious: Mexico already has laws it does not enforce. Why should new environmental regulations assure future compliance?

Source: Save Your Job, Save Our Country, by Ross Perot, p. 47 Jan 1, 1993

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