Little nicky has warned you before about a couple of trade treaties currently being negotiated in secret. The TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) are, according to press releases, aimed at creating economic free trade zones between the EU and NAFTA (North Atlantic Free Trade Association which the Obama Administration is trying to extend to weld USA, Canada and Mexico into a single state in the way the EU want to merge all member states into a single federal superstate) and between the NAFTA superstate and the Pacific Rim nations.
The latest news-report from the TTIP negotiations from Inter Press Service puts it into perspective. It concerns the secret Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with Europe, and its headlined on July 18th, US Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil:
Trade negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark [E.U.] regulatory proposal aimed at addressing climate change. Cary L. Biron writes there that, Newly publicised internal documents suggest that U.S. negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil. At issue is the mechanism by which the European Union would determine the greenhouse gas emissions of various types of oil and gas. As part of Europes broader climate pledges, the F[uel] Q[uality] D[irective] was revised to reduce the emissions of transport fuels by six percent by the end of the decade. In 2011, the E.U. proposed that tar sands and other unconventional [i.e., especially filthy] oils be formally characterised as having higher greenhouse gas intensity than conventional oil, given that they require more energy to produce 23 percent higher, according to a study for the European Commission.
Hmm, so yet another reason why the USA might want to make Russia a pariah state emerges.