Anyone who still believes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is about "fair trade" should head over to WikiLeaks and read the latest draft chapter of the agreement obtained by the whistleblowing organization.
In a press release issued on January 15, WikiLeaks announced that they had obtained the "complete environment chapter" of the secret sovereignty-surrender documents masquerading as a multinational trade agreement.
The contents of this portion of the agreement reveal one of the chief reasons for the strong opposition to the TPP from such a broad coalition of activists on the Left and the Right.
Much of the opposition on the Left focuses on the lack of environmental protections presumed to be included in the TPP. Seems their fears are well-founded, but not for the reasons many of them may have believed.
Analysis by The New American of the pages claimed by WikiLeaks to be the full draft text of the environment chapter uncovered an "inconvenient truth" about the relationship of the TPP to the environment.
For example, the clauses covering pollution control represent a significant retreat on the issue by the trade representatives of the United States. Logging restrictions? America is apparently backsliding on that, too.
No wonder the Sierra Club and the World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to expose the Obama administration's environmental hypocrisy and to keep this 11-nation trade deal from becoming "the law."
In a copy of a press release sent to The New American, leaders of both organizations mentioned various betrayals by the president and laid out a pointed indictment of the agreement.
“This peek behind the curtain reveals the absence of an ambitious 21st-century trade agreement promised by negotiating countries,” said Carter Roberts, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). “The lack of fully-enforceable environmental safeguards means negotiators are allowing a unique opportunity to protect wildlife and support legal sustainable trade of renewable resources to slip through their fingers. these nations account for more than a quarter of global trade in fish and wood products and they have a responsibility to address trade’s impact on wildlife crime, illegal logging, and overfishing.”
“If the environment chapter is finalized as written in this leaked document, President Obama’s environmental trade record would be worse than George W. Bush’s,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “This draft chapter falls flat on every single one of our issues — oceans, fish, wildlife, and forest protections — and in fact, rolls back on the progress made in past free trade pacts.”
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