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US House backs bill to bar climate change from trade deals

US House backs bill to block US from using trade deals to cut greenhouse gas emissions

US House backs bill to bar climate change from trade deals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States House of Representatives has approved a bill that would block U.S. negotiators from using trade agreements to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The vote in the Republican-led House is a mostly symbolic statement opposing international climate deals. It came as negotiators in Paris are working to finalize a global agreement to address climate change.

Supporters say the wide-ranging trade bill would beef up enforcement of U.S. trade agreements and help prevent counterfeit goods from entering the country. The bill also would make permanent a moratorium that prevents states from taxing access to the Internet.

The mostly Democratic opposition says the bill sends the wrong message at the wrong time.


Updated : 2021-09-29 07:58 GMT+08:00