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Pacific Trade Deal "Backtracking" on Environment Safeguards


Environment  (tags: epnding environmental treaties, protection, environment, destruction, ecosystems, humans, politics, pollution, world )

Cal
- 338 days ago - ipsnews.net
- An accord that would be the largest trade agreement ever negotiated appears to be rolling back environmental safeguards that have been a key part of U.S.-led trade deals for much of the past decade.



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Victoria Oakey (126)
Friday January 17, 2014, 5:22 am
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is VERY worrying as it is being done in secret with no public debate with potentially catastrophic consequences for the environment and other species, “We’ve been pushing for safeguards around three things – fish stocks, wildlife trafficking and illegal logging – and the current draft falls short" - Jake Schmidt.
 

Winn Adams (204)
Friday January 17, 2014, 9:39 am
Very sad to say the least.
 

Nicole W. (644)
Friday January 17, 2014, 9:47 am
ty Cal
 

Nimue Pendragon (275)
Friday January 17, 2014, 8:04 pm
noted
 

Julie P. (149)
Friday January 17, 2014, 9:22 pm
Trade deals generally contain clauses related to the rights of investors. This allows foreign companies to sue for millions or billions of dollars for perceived loss of expected profits.

The following is from Public Citizen: "TPP Investment Map: New Privileges for 30,000 Companies?"

"If a corporation wins its private enforcement case, the taxpayers of the “losing” country must foot the bill. Over $380 million in compensation has already been paid out to corporations in a series of investor-state cases under U.S. FTAs. Of the nearly $14 billion in the 18 pending claims under U.S. FTAs, all relate to environmental, energy, public health, land use and transportation policies – not traditional trade issues."

http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=4083

So trying to protect your health or environment could cost millions or billions.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 12:42 am
This is a travesty for US policy regarding the ecology.
 

Alan Lambert (97)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 2:05 am
There's a LOT of things about TPP to dislike
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 2:31 am
noted
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 4:05 am
Noted.
 

Sylvie A. (139)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 4:29 am
Notée. Merci.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 9:19 am
Foreign corporations come in; they invest a lot of money; foreign workers may be brought in, in place of national workers whom they claim are not trained on the equipment or processes being used by the foreign international. No jobs there for you under the condition of the TPP.
Environmental safety procedures for process and/or cleanup of any accidents are relaxed if employed at all.
The local constituents are left with a polluted environment as in Athabaska, AB that will impact their health and the health of the planet for generations to come. Due to the legal preconditions of the TPP or any other type of treaty like it; you as an individual or organization can be thrown in jail with no recourse to the courts in the interest of national security. The taxpayer is stuck with the bill and a very polluted environment.
These multinationals have more money than you do and the money spent in court is a pittance compared to the exorbitant profits they will make while you are in jail or tied up in court for years to come. Yes, you might win but witness BP in the Gulf. The Gulf of Mexico is in critical condition on the brink of being terminal. BP has been fined but the Corexit/oil balls are still at the bottom of the Gulf; are still washing up on shore and still have 10xs the carcinogenic agents that cause cancer in the individuals who reside there. The same goes for the Tar Sands and Enbridge. Once polluted the environment is very slow to recovery taking 100s of years and even then it will never be the same. Close monitoring of individuals living in the Kalamazoo or the Arkansas spills will reveal severe respiratory and cancer increases within the next 20 years if not sooner. A huge increase in respiratory illnesses were being reported throughout the south from New Orleans to Florida after the Deep Water Horizon event within a month. Cancers and other illnesses have killed several people related to living conditions around the Gulf but you don't hear about that. In fact, workers were told to STFU and take the money or else.
Under the terms of the TPP; the Foreign National gets cheap resources; can or will employ foreign workers but few jobs for nationals; raw resources shipped overseas to accommodate workers in the home country such as China; huge cleanup bills for the local taxpayers and a damaged environment which will be slow to recover along with increased medical bills and a drain on Canadian health care systems for example. Yet the politicians trumpet this as progress and good for the economy which provides jobs for the local populace [said in my best Tricky Dicky voice]. good grief Chuck, are we really this stupid?
 

Dave C. (227)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 9:22 am
sadly noted.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday January 18, 2014, 5:01 pm
Noted. Many thanks for posting, Cal. Good info from Julie P. and Michael K. (above). I've contacted the White House, both my senators & representative not to "fast track" the TPP, while also objecting to it. There's also some nasty eminent domain portions that will negate our right to our own property.
 
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