■ U.S. Accused of Forcing E.U. to Accept Tar Sands Oil

Newly publicized 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.

Environmentalists, working off of documents released through open government requests, say U.S. trade representatives are responding to frustrations voiced by the oil and gas industry. In July, U.S. and E.U. officials were in Brussels for the sixth round of talks towards what would be the world’s largest free-trade area, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

“These documents show that the U.S. is not simply interested in an open, transparent process,” Bill Waren, a senior trade analyst with Friends of the Earth U.S., a watchdog group, told IPS. “Rather, U.S. representatives have been lobbying in a way that reflects the interests of Chevron, ExxonMobil and others.”

(Inter Press Service)

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