Quick reality check on whether or not it’s fear mongering to call out #brexit as a risk worse than before when it comes to climate change.
The argument: There’s no reason to believe that the YES vote on #brexit puts the climate at greater risk now than. You want to talk about risks, let’s talk about TIPP.
The TIPP is one of the most horrific risks to the environment ever and the EU is embracing it.
Most of us have heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—the massive 12-nation trade deal (“NAFTA on steroids,” critics say) that could undo any number of labor and environmental laws. But while the firestorm over TPP was heating up in Washington, negotiators were hammering out yet another massive trade deal, this time with the European Union. It’s called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and it’s every bit as scary as the Pacific deal, says Cole Stangler at In These Times (Dec. 30, 2013). Like TPP, TTIP is mostly about bringing regulations between countries more in step. And before you get excited about France’s paid vacation laws, it’s probably going to be more of a race to the bottom. Expect something like American-style GMO laws to show up in Europe and the EU’s infamously wimpy financial regulations on Wall Street. Negotiators are also excited about beefing up “investor-state dispute” laws, which would make it easier for corporations to sue governments over laws they don’t like.
Oh, and you can’t read it. Also like TPP, the EU deal is super-duper secret as officials don’t want pesky public concerns getting in the way of negotiations. They did invite “stakeholders” like unions and green groups to give 10-minute presentations at a meeting in December—but compared to the hundreds of corporate lobbyists negotiators see regularly, “stakeholder” positions on TTIP are probably not a huge priority.
EU will continue to negotiate deals, who knows maybe the deal will be expanded now to be the EU and GP and USA trade agreement but meanwhile nothing has changed nor is there reason to believe the EU will not move forward on their trade deals.
More from as recently as October 2015
Conversely, setting social and environmental standards in TPP that are weaker than those currently in place in Europe might put pressure on European governments to accept lower standards in future trade deals such as TTIP as well. These examples illustrate the danger that, in the future Europe might be given little choice but to accept the standards set elsewhere without being involved in negotiation processes.
Conclusion: For those who think the establishment solutions to the climate problems are the ones most likely to succeed then I can see the value of passing this information around. More hand wringing. We’re addicted to it. Stuck in analysis paralysis. In our culture what isn’t touched by fear mongering? But for everyone’s sake it’s not the end of the world that Great Britain wants to be Great Britain again and not an assimilated into the borg i mean EU. What we should be talking about in the USA is how lucky the Brits are to have referendums on key matters! Because until we move to a new paradigm, things will not change quickly enough.