Friday, September 7, 2012

New Trade Agreement Crafted in Secrecy

TPPA: A Race to the Bottom in Environmental Deregulation By Current TV Staff 07 September 12

[Excerpted] Just received: We just got word that a round of closed door negotiations will begin this week for the largest free trade agreement in history. We are talking about NAFTA on steroids—an 11-country free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Right now, negotiations for the TPP are being conducted in secret. The corporate lobbyists pushing for this agreement include a who's who list of Big Oil, Big Ag and Wall Street power brokers. Our country's negotiators have granted approximately 600 of these corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts while flatly refusing to show the agreement to the public. Even members of Congress are left in the dark on the actual contents of the agreement! ...

Among the corporations pushing hardest for this agreement is none other than Cargill, the leading importer of forest-destroying palm oil into the United States. If the TPP is successful, Cargill will be able to export Malaysian palm oil tariff-free to the 11 partner nations involved in the agreement...

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