Earlier this month, President Obama announced that his administration had decided against the Keystone XL pipeline that the TransCanada Corp. proposed to build between Canada and the United States. He did so explicitly citing environmental concerns, notably the need for the U.S. to be "a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change." Obama's decision, and the reasoning behind it, are to be celebrated.
I noticed this bit of deft politicking and commented on it in this forum. This is absolutely right. Obama pretends to be pro-environment by not agreeing to Keystone knowing full well that the Canadian tar sands developers can use the TPP to weave right around this hollow veto:
"These seemingly unconnected events are in fact connected. Indeed, the Keystone experience should give Congress even more pause about passing the TPP.
"Why? Well, Obama's Keystone decision is something that could be found to be counter to what is allowed under the "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS) chapter of the TPP.
"Again, what Obama did regarding Keystone was correct. But, if the TPP passes, it will further limit the ability of a member government — be it the U.S. or Peru or Canada or Australia or Mexico or another — to block such corporate projects if they threaten social, environmental or economic criteria or regulations."
It's a 21st century rendition of Bill Clinton's "I feel your pain" as he cuts programs for those in need of Welfare. Say one thing--sound good, but do the opposite.
Note also that Trans Canada had withdrawn their Keystone permit application a week prior to Obama's PR stunt. Tar sands production costs are very high and not competitive when gas prices are under $3 per gallon as they are now. Trans Canada will simply keep their powder dry until gas prices break $4 per gallon.
"if the TPP passes, it will further limit the ability of a member government — be it the U.S. or Peru or Canada or Australia or Mexico or another — to block such corporate projects if they threaten social, environmental or economic criteria or regulations."
That reality will also affect other nations not signatories to the TPP free-trade scam. The K-XL pipeline was used to divert attention from other environmental atrocities, including other pipelines and the TPP, by Obama&Co and his masters. Corporate tribunals will decide cases of "financial loss" by corporate pirates, evading even courts not in thrall to the system of wealth/debt domination.
Just as the SCOTUS sanctified wealth as "equivalent to free speach", so will the TPP (as all the other "free-trade" scams) sanctify evasion of environmental regulations to protect Mother Earth along with disenfranchising workers, safety regs,while empowering the drug poison cartel and other societal parasites - all solidifying the domination of the rule of wealth on the planet rather than sustainability and human rights.
At the heart of the hydra/parasite are banks and the debt-money system of slavery where billions serve and increase the wealth of the .01%
I believe they think this TPP will pass and Canada can just use the ISDS to say we are blocking their ability to trade. Pay no attention to this filthy coal tar going through your land and aquafers. We 1%'ers can do what ever the f we want, ...read your TPP. You know, that treaty that was passed by the legislators we bought off? Oh, you cant understand it? Well, our fleet of corporate lawyers understand it...they wrote it.