Today, 15 January 2014, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for
the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Environment Chapter and
the corresponding Chairs’ Report. The TPP transnational legal regime
would cover 12 countries initially and encompass 40 per cent of
global GDP and one-third of world trade. The Environment Chapter has
long been sought by journalists and environmental groups. The
released text dates from the Chief Negotiators’ summit in Salt Lake
City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.
The Environment Chapter covers what the Parties propose to be their
positions on: environmental issues, including climate change,
biodiversity and fishing stocks; and trade and investment in
‘environmental’ goods and services. It also outlines Continue reading →
Do you want foreign corporations to be able to sue the U.S.
because your county has implemented restrictions of pipelines
feeding liquid natural gas exports?
Or because your country hasn’t locked up enough people
for unintentional infringement of copyright?
Or because your state has implemented a GMO-labeling law?
Then you oppose the TPP.
After the November
the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter,
in December Wikileaks released
two documents from the secret
closed Salt Lake City TPP chief negotiators’ meeting
of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,
showing deep divisions between the negotiating countries that have
already caused a U.S.-imposed TPP deadline to be missed.
These documents add potential international treaty enforcement of
“mandates” against restrictions on trade to protect national products
or environment or labor to all the reasons
EFF gives for opposing this corporate-power-grab treaty
LNG export pressures for TPP that would drive up the price of fracked
“natural” gas and push pipelines through numerous states for the profit
of a few fossil fuel and utility executives and investors.
Regulatory battles over solar power payment models played out in
several states this year. And as the dust settles, solar providers
are claiming victory. Utilities, on the other hand, are trying to
reframe the conversation entirely by insisting they aren’t an enemy