Free Trade in Environmental Goods: The Trade Remedy Problem

In late June of 2013, in a major speech on climate change, President Obama announced a plan “to launch negotiations toward global free trade in environmental goods and services,” including clean energy technology.  In a new bulletin, Cato scholars Simon Lester and K. William Watson suggest that a proposal to eliminate all tariffs, including trade remedy tariffs, on a wide range of environmental goods would be a good way to both support the environment and promote free trade.