January 15, 2014
OUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT:
Administration Is Seen as Retreating on Environment in Talks on Pacific Trade (CORAL DAVENPORT, JAN. 15, 2014, NY Times)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2014 4:53 PMThe Obama administration is retreating from previous demands of strong international environmental protections in order to reach agreement on a sweeping Pacific trade deal that is a pillar of President Obama's strategic shift to Asia, according to documents obtained by WikiLeaks, environmentalists and people close to the contentious trade talks.The negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would be one of the world's biggest trade agreements, have exposed deep rifts over environmental policy between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. As it stands now, the documents, viewed by The New York Times, show that the disputes could undo key global environmental protections.