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Exxon Set to Be Investigated in the Philippines as Well as New York


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Exxon Set to Be Investigated in the Philippines as Well as New York

Kumi Naidoo

A few weeks ago the first ever human rights legal action seeking the accountability of the 50 big polluters was launched. Filed by Filipino typhoon survivors and several environmental organisations, it demands that the Philippines Human Rights Commission (CHR) investigate and acknowledge the complicity of 50 investor-owned fossil fuel companies in causing extreme weather events.


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I hold profound respect for Mr. Naidoo and the efforts of principled organizations like Green Peace.

What I am concerned about is that if TPP passes, it will likely override all of the efforts to hold Big Polluters/Big Energy/Big Agriculture accountable.

This comes from Chris Hedges' piece today:

"The agreement, in essence, becomes global law. Any agreements over carbon emissions by countries made through the United Nations are effectively rendered null and void by the TPP.

“Trade agreements are binding,” Flowers said. “They supersede any of the nonbinding agreements made by the United Nations Climate Change Conference that might come out of Paris.”