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North American Free Trade: Another Challenge to Coal

Since trade in coal between the United States and Canada was never restricted and since the prospects for U. S.-Mexican coal trade are small, an), effects of NAFTA will be indirect. Changes in gas and electricity trade might arise. The uncertainties are such that even the direction of the indirect impacts, is unclear. Thus, it would be folly to predict the magnitudes. NAFTA then may prove the smallest of many disruptive influences acting on coal markets.

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Energy Specializations: Coal – Policy and Regulation

JEL Codes: Q40: Energy: General, Q41: Energy: Demand and Supply; Prices, Q35: Hydrocarbon Resources

Keywords: Coal, NAFTA, Electric utility regulation, CAAA, Electricity generation

DOI: 10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol14-No3-7

Published in Volume14, Number 3 of the bi-monthly journal of the IAEE's Energy Economics Education Foundation.


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