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How the World's Biggest Polluters are Two Trade Deals Away from Steamrolling Climate Protections

  • "45 of the 50 private corporations historically responsible for the most climate-disrupting emissions" would be emboldened to challenge climate protections.
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Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams"These trade deals would empower some of the world's largest polluters... to use unaccountable tribunals to defend a model of fossil fuel dependency that spells climate crisis," said Ben Beachy of Sierra Club. (Photo:  Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc)  

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | When TransCanada announced at the start of the year that it that it was demanding compensation under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules for the Obama administration's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, many observers saw it as a sign of things to come. Indeed, critics of two pending trade deals—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—have already warned that other corporations could take similarly take advantage of the same mechanism to exert their power before private tribunals, demanding compensation for lost profits while supplanting democracy and trampling on workers' rights and environmental protections.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams

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