What is the TPP – A Threat to Democracy, the Environment, Human Health and Standard of Living

10 Reasons to Stop the TPP

What is the TPP? – A Threat to Democracy, the Environment, Human Health and Standard of Living

There is a lot of attention these days in the U.S. media regarding the secret negotiations on the proposed TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and there’s plenty of reason for concern. The fact that these negotiations are being held in secret without congressional or public discussion is so worrisome that over 2 Million petitions were delivered to congress to stop the TPP. The TPP would basically strip away all health and safety regulations on a multitude of consumer goods, undermine all environmental laws and hold U.S taxpayers accountable to pay multinational corporations for their perceived “losses”. For example, if a corporation has to pay for testing food for Fukushima radiation. This would be considered a loss and U.S. taxpayers would have to pay the bill.

What Is The TPP – Trans Pacific Partnership

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Reasons to Stop the TPP

1. Food Safety: Any of our government’s food safety regulations (pesticide levels, bacterial contamination, fecal exposure, toxic additives, GMOs, non-edible fillers, etc.) that are stricter than “international standards,” as most are, could be ruled as “illegal trade barriers.” Which in turn would legally allow poisonous, genetically modified and radioactive food imports into the US.

Multinational corporations that are lobbying Congress to pass the TPP including Monsanto, Dupont, Cargill, Sygenta and 596 other multinational corporations under the TPP are allowed to sue governments (including local and state) who pass food safety regulations or laws protecting family farmers, claiming they are “barriers to trade” that hurt expected future profits.

2. Environment – Ecocide: The TPP allows corporations to sue governments in special corporate trade tribunals if their environmental laws or policies are deemed to negatively affect profits. Laws restricting air and water pollution or favoring clean energy could all be challenged under the TPP’s “investor state” provisions, making it virtually impossible for countries to protect the environment. Note: if a domestic court holds a corporation liable for environmental contamination such as an oil spill or nuclear accident, even that decision could be appealed to the corporate Trans Pacific Partnership tribunals. To make matters even worse and a important note is that our Department of Energy (DOE) would lose its authority to regulate exports of natural gas to any TPP nation. This would open up the entire US to an onslaught of fracking and environmental pollution turning our natural resources into a toxic wasteland with us paying the bill. Bastards

3. Jobs: The TPP will reduce wages and worker safety. US corporations would get special foreign-investor protections to limit the cost and risk of the relocation of their factories to low-wage nations that sign onto this agreement.

Source: www.exposethetpp.org

Nearly five million American manufacturing jobs – one out of every four – have been lost since implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Since NAFTA, over 60,000 American manufacturing facilities have closed. The TPP would replicate and expand on the NAFTA model.
 
A leaked text revealed that TPP is slated to include the extreme foreign investor privileges that help corporations offshore more U.S. jobs to low-wage countries. These NAFTA-style terms provide special benefits to firms that relocate abroad and eliminate many of the usual risks that make firms think twice about moving to low-wage countries.
 
Under the NAFTA model, U.S. manufacturing imports have soared while growth of U.S. manufacturing exports has slowed.
 
TPP includes Vietnam, a new favorite for corporations’ job offshoring, because
wages there are even lower than China.
 
Already, the growth of the U.S. trade deficit with China, since China entered the WTO in 2001, has had a devastating effect on U.S. workers and the U.S. economy. Between 2001 and 2011, 2.7 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced.
 
Devastation of U.S. manufacturing drives down wages, erodes the tax base and heightens inequality. Despite major gains in American worker productivity, real median wages hover at 1979 levels. Government data shows that two out of every five displaced manufacturing workers who were rehired in 2012 experienced wage reductions of more than 20 percent. With the loss of manufacturing, tax revenue that could have funded social services or local infrastructure projects has declined, while displaced workers have turned to ever-shrinking welfare programs. This has resulted in the virtual collapse of some local governments in areas hardest hit.

4. Drug Prices: Big Pharma would be given more years of monopoly pricing on each of their patents and have the power to block distribution of cheaper generic drugs and keep drug prices high. Medical devices, laboratory tests and even surgical procedures will be patented, restricting their access to people around the world.

5. Internet Freedom: The TPP is about more than trade. It is a backdoor for corporations to create laws they could never get passed out in the open.

Source: Expose The TPP

Remember SOPA – the “copyright” legislation before Congress last year that public outcry stopped cold? Well, the same corporations behind SOPA have pushed to insert its most pernicious provisions into TPP. Says who? The organizations that stopped SOPA like the Electronic Freedom Foundation and the ACLU.
 
Under this TPP proposal, Internet Service Providers could be required to “police” user activity (i.e. police YOU), take down internet content, and cut people off from internet access for common user-generated content.
 
Violations could be as simple as the creation of a YouTube video with clips from other videos, even if for personal or educational purposes.
 
Mandatory fines would be imposed for individuals’ non-commercial copies of copyrighted material. So, downloading some music could be treated the same as large-scale, for-profit copyright violations.
 
Innovation would be stifled as the creation and sharing of user-generated content would face new barriers, and as monopoly copyrights would be extended. The TPP proposes to impose copyright protections for a minimum of 120 years for corporate-created content.
 
Breaking digital locks for legit purposes, such as using Linux, could subject users to mandatory fines. Blind and deaf people also would be harmed by this overreach, as digital locks can block access to audio-supported content and closed captioning.

6. Public Services: TPP rules would limit how governments regulate such public services as utilities, transportation, and education, including restricting policies meant to ensure broad or universal access to those essential needs. This could also mean the beginning of mass privatization of everything from parking meters and public property to water supplies and public streets.

To put it bluntly, the US government (our elected officials) are selling us out to multinational corporations so they all make money and we get screwed. The TPP violates the constitution not to mention our national sovereignty. These trade deals are illegal and designed to screw the average person trying to make a good life for their family. All over the world we need to educate, we need to unite, we need to take action and do something!

Urge Your Representative and Senators to Oppose Fast Track

MUST SEE VIDEO: HOW THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP WOULD IMPACT YOU

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As If That Wasn’t Bad Enough

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there is another secret trade deal called TTIP (Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership) that is quietly trying to pass between the US and Europe that essentially does the same thing.

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