TPP, TTIP, FTA updates

Nov 20, 2016 Sierra Club: What does a climate-friendly trade agreement look like?
-Nov. 15, 2016 TPP defeated.
-Oct 6, 2016 It’s time to align Trade Deals with Paris Climate Agreement
 shorter summary of “what we’re for” in trade – American Prospect article.
-Sept 2016:
Here’s a new white paper outlining “what we’re for” in trade from the former Chief Economist and Economic Advisor to Vice President Biden…
-Sept 6 2016, The Climate Cost of Trade IATP TPP and FTAs undermine Climate and Paris
– Sept 6 2016 Consumers Union letter to Senators and Reps:  weighs in against TPP with ISDS concerns
-Aug 12, 2016 Obama puts Congress on notice: TPP is coming
-New report published: Corporate Meat Take Over TTIP “Selling off the Farm”
-US-ITC report projects significant economic losses
-June 20, 2016 Administration drafts TPP implementing language for Lame Duck vote
-Making Sense of the TPP event, Ottawa April 1 video (Stiglitz et al)
-TPP Summary by Sharon Treat Prepared for LN Workshop April 5, 2016
_Sierra Club: How ISDS in Trade Agreements undermines Climate
_CCSI’s analysis of ISDS and why TPP entrenches a flawed system
–New Environmental Law Analysis of the TPP released Jan 4 2016:
” Empty Promises and Missed Opportunities:”
Polluters’ Paradise,  A collaborative publication by aitec/ceo/tni&PowerShift
-Updated Report on TPP by Sierra Club:  A Dirty Deal
State of the Union 2016: TPP in 28 sec, with some Wallach tweets
Friends of Earth’s Statement released after State of Union, Waren
–Please contact your Congress member and urge them to oppose calls
to pass the TPP in early 2016 or beyond
–MFTC signed a letter with over 1500 nationwide orgs opposing the TPP.
–GDAE New Paper: TPP results in net employment loss in US.
TPP analysis by Maine attorney Treat Dec 1, 2015
–Direct NAFTA impact on Maine graphic
-How does TPP pre-empt the Public Interest?, impact the Environment?
 – Analysis of TPP’s ISDS Chapter (Investor State Dispute Settlement)
Nov. 5, 2015 TPP Text 
finally released, ask Congress to vote NO.
Oct. 5, 2015: TPP negotiations officially finalized.
Fast Track Authority (TPA) is renewed by Congress on June 2015, after
Rep Paul Ryan and Senator Orrin Hatch introduced  it on April 16, 2015. However, each Maine member of Congress voted “no” on Fast track. MFTC urges its members to thank each legislator!
Rep. Chellie PingreeDistrict: ME01
Phone:(202) 225-6116
Fax:(202) 225-5590
Sen. Susan CollinsDistrict: MES01
Phone:(202) 224-2523
Fax:(202) 224-2693
Senator Angus King
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 622-8292
Congressman Bruce Poliquin CD2
426 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
Lewiston, ME 04240

 “FAST TRACK? TIME TO GO!  Unfortunately, Fast Track was renewed during the Obama Administration June, 2015.View a coast to coast Maine-Oregon FairTrade Collaborative Movie produced in 2007 for MFTC. (10 min.) FAST TRACK had NOT been renewed, it expired on June 30, 2007.The Maine legislature has passed two+ unanimous resolutions about Fast Track.  (View the Maine Senate’s first resolution, taped so many years ago  movie)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive new international trade pact being pushed by the U.S. government at the behest of transnational corporations. The TPP is being negotiated between a dozen countries: United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam — but it is also specifically intended as a “docking agreement” that other Pacific Rim countries would join over time, with Thailand,  Korea, China and others already expressing some interest.  It is poised to become the largest Free Trade Agreement in U.S. history.

The Obama administration’s embrace of the Bush-negotiated Korea, Panama and Colombia Free Trade Agreements leaves many worried that the Trans-Pacific Partnship will become nothing but a massive new NAFTA-style agreement.  Indeed, while most of the U.S. proposals for the TPP remain hidden, several leaked chapters show rollbacks from the Bush years on topics like access to medicine and zero progress on investment.

The ongoing, multi-year negotiations over the TPP are supposed to conclude sometime around 2015, and as such, the window of opportunity for preventing the FTA from becoming a new “NAFTA for the Pacific Rim” is rapidly closing.

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