Naomi Klein: TPP would make it significantly harder to prevent catastrophic climate change
Existing trade deals and World Trade Organization rules are already being used to block subsidies for renewable energy and other supports for the clean energy sector. And the expansion of such agreements has gone hand in hand with the accelerating rise in greenhouse gas emissions.
In short, this corporate free trade model that the TPP represents isn’t only destabilizing our economies—it’s also a key reason why our governments have failed to come to grips with the climate crisis.
The TPP advertises to be “a high-standard, ambitious, comprehensive, and balanced agreement that will promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections.REF Is it really? Previous trade agreements have been FAR from what they promised. How do their claims measure up?
Stated goal: To promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness;
Concerns: Previous trade agreements have resulted in higher unemployment due to job outsourcing and lower standards of living.
TPP revealed: Winners and losers in the largest free trade deal. The already wealthy win … and …
Stated goal: Reduces tariffs
Concerns: Canada saves on certain export tariffs, but loses the funding import tariffs generate, meaning there is little net gain in each country. However, governments lose tariff revenue, and corporations gain by not paying it. (a net transfer from governments to corporations).
Stated goal: to raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries;
Concerns: TPP protects the interests of the most profitable multi-national corporations –Wall Street, Media, and Pharmaceuticals – at the expense of workers, consumers, and the environment.
Stated goal: to promote transparency,
Concerns: Until November 2015, TPP was so secret that the few allowed readers were denied all digital and recording instruments when they entered the high security room to read it. Why the secrecy?
Stated goal: Increasing foreign trade
Concern: Canada already has free trade agreements with Peru, Chile, U.S. and Mexico, Aside from Japan, the other countries offer low tariffs and only make up 3% of exports, 5% of imports, for an annual trade deficit of 5-8 billion. One study estimated the TPP would add a mere 0.1% of GDP by 2035 to Canada’s economy. REF
Stated goal: to promote good governance
Concerns: TPP rules have been made in the absence of public oversight, in the absence of democratic process, by unelected corporate leaders who’s only interest is their own profit.
Stated goal: increased trading between these 12 countries. Canada is excited to be shipping more beef to Japan.
Concerns: To meet new environmental standards, we must reduce shipping, (uses dirty bunker fuel), air freight and trucking (air pollution, road wear and tear). How many countries Home grown food is fresher, our food safety standards may be are higher, and we are relatively free from pollution like Fukushima fall-out and heavy metal contamination from industry.
In the news:
“Much of the business case focuses on concerns that failing to join the TPP will leave Canada out of a major trading block. Yet the reality is that Canada already has free trade agreements with nearly half of the TPP countries, including the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Peru, and South Korea. Moreover, Canada has engaged in free trade agreement negotiations with Japan and Singapore.
Free trade agreements with the likes of Brunei and Malaysia might provide some modest benefits to Canadian businesses, but Canadian trade interests are already well-covered within the much of the TPP community. Indeed, the costs of the TPP are a steep price to pay given the incremental gains that come from free trade access to a handful of additional countries.
Hillary Clinton just crapped all over the Stephen Harper TPP Trade Scheme, which Justin Trudeau also supported. Trudeau has been added to the mantra ‘Stop Harper’, “Stop Harper Trudeau and the Banks”, vote NDP.
The political fallout of Hillary Clinton dumping on the TPP will surely derail the scheme. Details of Clintons remarks will cause disaster for Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau. Here comes the Crush, just watch. Ref
The TPP cheerleading from business groups is somewhat puzzling given that the full text of the deal remains shrouded in secrecy. In other words, business groups are advocating for a deal they haven’t actually read or seen. Ref