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December 19, 2007 - Following announcement of climate initiatives from U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, NAM's President and CEO, John Engler stated he was pleased to see U.S. making ambitious, forward-leaning proposal in World Trade Organization. NAM has expressed support to end tariff and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods, as mandated in Doha Declaration. Environmental goods and services proposal will offer chance for every nation to put world's health before commercial interests.

Environmental Trade Proposal Makes Climate-Friendly Technologies More Affordable

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National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004

Press release date: November 30, 2007

"We're Asking all WTO Members to Support this Proposal," Engler Says

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2007 - Following today's announcement of new climate initiatives from the United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab, National Association of Manufacturers' President and CEO John Engler issued the following statement:

I am extremely pleased to see the United States making an ambitious, forward-leaning proposal today in the World Trade Organization. The NAM has long called for an end to tariff and non-tariff barriers on environmental goods, as mandated in the Doha Declaration, something this initiative would achieve.

During my recent trade missions to Japan and China, I received an exceptionally positive response to the idea of this proposal from business leaders and government officials. We're now asking all WTO members to support this initiative and make environmental goods more affordable around the world.

The environmental goods and services proposal from USTR has worked before in other sectors, and will certainly work again. This is a chance for every nation to put the world's health before any narrow commercial interests. The ecological benefit and economic growth that will come to the world when barriers to trade in environmental goods are removed is enormous.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 11 additional offices across the country.

CONTACT: J.P. FIELDER (202) 637-3089

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