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Finance & Economic Systems

We aim to create a more environmentally sustainable and socially just world by transforming financial and economic systems. We work to redirect tax policies and public spending to make polluters pay for the costs of their pollution, and to drive the transition to a cleaner, low-carbon economy. At home and abroad, we advocate for policies that minimize environmental and social harm and fund a brighter future. In the United States, we strengthen regulations to encourage sustainability in financial markets and fight trade policies that allow companies to run roughshod over the environment and human rights. We also work with allies around the world to alter lending practices at financial institutions such as the World Bank, the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Wall Street banks that fund polluting activities and harm communities in developing countries.
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Montreal Round of NAFTA Negotiations Threatens Health, Family Farms and the Environment
Montreal Round of NAFTA Negotiations Threatens Health, Family Farms and the Environment

The decision to continue talking on NAFTA is bad news for our environment. While trade ministers make secret deals, we can be assured what they see as progress will no doubt put our environment and public health at risk.

Trump to Place Tariff on Solar Panels
Trump to Place Tariff on Solar Panels

Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels is recklessly irresponsible and a thinly veiled attack on clean energy.

Senate Committee Votes on Trump’s Ex-Im Bank Nominees

The Export-Import Bank dodged a bullet today when a Senate committee voted down Scott Garrett, a climate change denier and bigot.

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Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant
Export credit agencies must not fund Vietnam’s Long Phu 1 coal plant

Through the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), Trump is pushing developing countries toward dependence on coal for decades to come.

NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment
NAFTA renegotiation threatens family farmers and the environment

A new NAFTA on the TPP model would lead to less regulation of Big Ag’s environmentally harmful factory farming practices resulting in worse air and water pollution, inhumane treatment of animals, deforestation, and massive use of environmentally-hazardous pesticides, chemical fertilizers and fossil fuels.

OECD, It’s Time for Export Credit Agencies to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels
OECD, It’s Time for Export Credit Agencies to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels

As they gather in the shadow of the UN Climate Conference, ECAs must cease business as usual and finally move in a new and more sustainable direction by ending all support of fossil fuels by 2020 at the latest.

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  • Investing in a Green Belt and Road? Assessing the Implementation of China’s Green Credit Guidelines Abroad
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  • Letter to Ex-Im Bank
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  • Climate of Risk: Fact sheet
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