San Diego Law Review

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This Comment presents a substantive analysis of the North American Free Trade Agreement and its Environmental Side Agreement. It addresses the environmental questions surrounding the agreement and recognized the agreement's capacity to provide both economic and ecological enrichment in the U.S.- Mexican environment. The Comment analyzes the environmental criticisms of NAFTA, and illustrates why these criticisms are inaccurate. Through examination of the enforcement mechanisms of the Environmental Side Agreement, this Comment illustrates how Mexico's capacity and desire to fulfill its own environmental obligations, coupled with the necessary financing, will allow Mexico to independently put an end to decades of ecological abuse.