04/24/2018 The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration is at odds with American companies over a proposed rule change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that is endangering a bright spot—energy—in contentious treaty talks.
All three Nafta countries—the U.S, Canada and Mexico—agree that a new treaty should aid the burgeoning energy trade. Under negotiation are initiatives to ease the construction of pipelines across borders, to aid U.S. exports of natural gas and to assist American companies opening gas stations or exploring for oil in Mexico, officials say.
The proposals would also prevent Mexico from backsliding on the liberalization of its energy sector at a moment when American industry is seizing a growing role in Mexican energy.