Entire TPP Agreement: ‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare

‘President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,’ says Friends of the Earth
 Text released today confirms the TPP rolls back past public interest reforms to the U.S. trade model while expanding problematic provisions demanded by the hundreds of official U.S. corporate trade advisers who had a hand in the negotiations while citizens were left in the dark. (Image: File w/overlay)

“Worse than anything we could’ve imagined.”

“An act of climate denial.”

“Giveaway to big agribusiness.”

“A death warrant for the open Internet.”

“Worst nightmare.”

“A disaster.”

As expert analysis of the long-shrouded, newly publicized TransPacific Partnership (TPP) final text continued to roll out on Thursday, consensus formed around one fundamental assessment of the 12-nation pact: It’s worse than we thought.

“From leaks, we knew quite a bit about the agreement, but in chapter after chapter the final text is worse than we expected.”
—Lori Wallach, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

“From leaks, we knew quite a bit about the agreement, but in chapter after chapter the final text is worse than we expected with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest,” saidLori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

In fact, Public Citizen charged, the TPP rolls back past public interest reforms to the U.S. trade model while expanding  problematic provisions demanded by the hundreds of official U.S. corporate trade advisers who had a hand in the negotiations while citizens were left in the dark.

On issues ranging from climate change to food safety, from open Internet to access to medicines, the TPP “is a disaster,” declared Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now.

“Now that we’ve seen the full text, it turns out the job-killing TPP is worse than anything we could’ve imagined,” added Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America. “This agreement would push down wages, flood our nation with unsafe imported food, raise the price of life-saving medicine, all the while trading with countries where gays and single mothers can be stoned to death.”

‘Act of Climate Denial’

Major climate action groups, including 350.org and the Sierra Club, were quick to point out that the text was notable as much for what it didn’tsay as what for what it did. “The TPP is an act of climate denial,” said 350 policy director Jason Kowalski on Thursday. “While the text is full of handouts to the fossil fuel industry, it doesn’t mention the words climate change once.”

What it does do, however, is give “fossil fuel companies the extraordinary ability to sue local governments that try and keep fossil fuels in the ground,” Kowalski continued. “If a province puts a moratorium on fracking, corporations can sue; if a community tries to stop a coal mine, corporations can overrule them. In short, these rules undermine countries’ ability to do what scientists say is the single most important thing we can do to combat the climate crisis: keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

Furthermore, Friends of the Earth (FOE) said in its response to the final text, the agreement “is designed to protect ‘free trade’ in dirty energy products such as tar sands oil, coal from the Powder River Basin, and liquefied natural gas shipped out of West Coast ports.” The result, FOE warned, will be “more climate change from carbon emissions across the Pacific.”

“President Obama has sold the American people a false bill of goods,” said FOE president Erich Pica. “The TransPacific Partnership fails President Obama’s pledge to make the TPP an environmentally sound trade agreement.”

International observers were no less critical. Matthew Rimmer, a professor of intellectual property and innovation law at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and trade policy expert, told Fairfax Media it looks like U.S. trade officials have been “greenwashing” the agreement.

“The environment chapter confirms some of the worst nightmares of environmental groups and climate activists,” Rimmer told the news outlet. “The agreement has poor coverage of environmental issues, and weak enforcement mechanisms. There is only limited coverage of biodiversity, conservation, marine capture fisheries, and trade in environmental services.”

‘Attack Sensible Food Safety Rules’

With its provisions that tie the hands of food inspectors at international borders and give more power to biotechnology firms, “the TPP is a giveaway to big agribusiness and food companies,” said Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch executive director. Such corporate entities, she said, want to use trade deals like the TPP “to attack sensible food safety rules, weaken the inspection of imported food, and block efforts to strengthen U.S. food safety standards.”

“The TPP food safety and labeling provisions are worse than expected and bad news for American consumers and farmers.”
—Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

Last month, the Center for Food Safety outlined the top five reasons “eaters should be worried about Obama’s new trade deal.” At the top of the list was the TPP’s ability to undermine efforts to label GMO foods. “More broadly,” the Center wrote in October, “any U.S. food safety rules on labeling, pesticides, or additives that [are] higher than international standards could be subject to challenge as ‘illegal trade barriers’.”

Indeed, according to Food & Water Watch, the final text released Thursday indicates that under a TPP regime, “agribusiness and biotech seed companies can now more easily use trade rules to challenge countries that ban GMO imports, test for GMO contamination, do not promptly approve new GMO crops or even require GMO labeling.”

“The TPP food safety and labeling provisions are worse than expected and bad news for American consumers and farmers,” said Hauter. “Congress must reject this raw deal that handcuffs food safety inspectors and exposes everyone to a rising tide of unsafe imported food.”

‘Death Warrant for the Open Internet’

“If U.S. Congress signs this agreement despite its blatant corruption, they’ll be signing a death warrant for the open Internet and putting the future of free speech in peril,” stated Evan Greer, Fight for the Future (FFTF) campaign director.

“If U.S. Congress signs this agreement despite its blatant corruption, they’ll be signing a death warrant for the open Internet and putting the future of free speech in peril.”
—Evan Greer, Fight for the Future

Among the “several sections of grave concern” identified by FFTF are those covering trademarks, pharmaceutical patents, copyright protections, and “trade secrets.”

Section J, which addresses Internet Service Providers (ISPs) “is one of the worst sections that impacts the openness of the Internet,” according to the digital rights group, which explained further:

This section requires Internet Service Providers to play “copyright cops” and assist in the enforcement of copyright takedown requests — but it does not require countries to have a system for counter-notices, so a U.S company could order a website to be taken down in another country, and there would be no way for the person running that website to refute their claims if, say, it was a political criticism website using copyrighted content in a manner consistent with fair use.

Section J makes it so ISPs are not liable for any wrongdoing when they take down content—incentivizing them to err on the side of copyright holders rather than on the side of free speech.

‘Public Review Is Needed’

Like-minded groups in Canada, where newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been on the job for all of one day, are sounding similar alarms.

Citing concerns about how the deal would impact human rights, health, employment, environment, and democracy, the Council of Canadians on Thursday demanded a full public consultation—including an independent human rights, economic, and environmental review of the document—before Trudeau goes any further. The group expressed particular concern over investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow corporations to sue states for lost profits, asking that they be excised from the deal.

“Trudeau is under a lot of pressure to adopt this deal as soon as possible, with calls already coming in from U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese President Shinto Abe,” acknowledged the Council’s national chairperson, Maude Barlow. “But a thorough public review is needed before he can establish whether the TPP is truly in Canada’s interest.”

Or anyone else’s, for that matter.

Source: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/11/05/worse-we-thought-tpp-total-corporate-power-grab-nightmare

Entire TPP Agreement w/ Supporting Annexes & Schedules:

https://www.level9news.com/entire-tpp-agreement/

 

4 thoughts on “Entire TPP Agreement: ‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare

  1. CARBON DIOXIDE
    Of course we all realise that CARBON DIOXIDE is PLANT FOOD vital to plant survival.
    Of course we also realise that CARBON DIOXIDE is a vital componant to human life & existence besides the food groth factor.
    If you do not know this you are less than a half wit.

  2. Wow & golly gosh, they are re-writing the laws again … again.
    To suit themselves … again.
    Not because they are legal.
    Not because they are viable.
    Not even for profit … because the money is there come hell or high water so they don’t have to earn it. the just put up as much as the want on a computer spresd sheet & therefore it is.
    They themselves do not know how much money is up there. every Tom, Dick & Harry are doing it.
    It is all a fairy story & for as long as we love & respect them & their private jets & the gusto with which they thrive, it will go on & on & on.
    I watched a movie the other day – 2010 WALL STREET MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.
    I get the game, IT IS A MORE SOPHYSTICATED GAME OF MONOPOLY &, & therefore I love the thrill of the trading room floor.
    I can sell sand to the Members of The Royal Family of House of Saud & how they would smile with gratitude that I sold them their own sand. My eldest son says of me, “If you were a drug pusher mum, the whole world would be addicted”
    THIS MOVIE is right up my alley – READ CAREFULLY HERE PLEASE.
    *** NOTHING REGARDING WALL STREET & THE TRADERS, THE TRADES THE DERIVATIVES, STOCKS, SHARES, THE MONEY, THE GAZILLIONS WON & LOST – IN THE MOVIE IS TRUE.
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
    IT IS ALL A CHARADE.
    We are to chicken to call them on anything, so we write shame on them, instead of having them arrested / how we throw the deviants in prison under the treasons act under citizens arrest.

  3. Saudi Arabia & The United Arab Emirates have built sky scrapers that are in fact Towering Infernos, Death Traps wait to happen.
    How could this happen.
    Was there no one there to advise them of safety.
    The whole of the property development of Saudi Arabia & the UAE is WORTHLESS & they continue to build.
    They demolished Holy Sites to build these Western Style monsterosaties, when the people protested they did not listen, hence, as a result, devils came & bamboozeled them. For if they would not listen to the people of Allah, then maybe they would listrn to the merchants of the Devil, & that is exactly what they did.
    The burning sky scrapers of Saudi Arabia & the UAE are said to be THE BURNING MOUNTAINS OF END TIME PROPHECY … seen by Saint John in visions of Judgement Day.
    How’s that for deep & meaningfull .. go have a read of the burning mountains …

  4. Ya’s go to the prisons & say out loud, “everyone a yas who’s not guilty put ya hands up.” then ya say, ” right , all you’s that’s got yas hands up out ya go”
    This act of exoneration will make lots of room for the real villans in society .

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