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    is not good for the US overall.  It needs to be fair trade heavily regulated and nations need to remain sovereign.  If there is unfair competition, we don't need permission to close our markets or imposing tariffs to fund the remedy for the problems it causes.   You want to bring your product into a country? You play but its rules or stay home.  We can't even influence Democrats to be Democrats, and you want "world" organizations telling us what to do?  Hell no.  

    NAFTA on Steroids
    had accepted industry-favored amendments to GATS Article VI.4, known as the "necessity test."

    The necessity test requires nations to prove that their regulations — from pollution control to child labor laws — are not hidden impediments to trade. Industry wants the WTO to employ a necessity test similar to the one in the North America Free Trade Agreement which has worked to reverse local environmental rules. For example, Mexico has been forced to pay $17 million to an American corporation, Metalclad, for delaying the operation of the company’s toxic waste dump and processing plant. Local Mexican officials had attempted to block the plant’s operation on the grounds that it was built without a construction permit, and would not have received one, as the plant handling toxins was placed above the area’s drinking water supply.


    The changes, as proposed, would slash regulatory controls over local businesses as well as foreign operators seeking entry to a market. For example, the State of California banned the gasoline additive MBTE because pollutes ground water. The Canadian maker of the additive has sued the United States under NAFTA on the grounds that banning the chemical was not the "least trade restrictive" choice for stopping ground water contamination. California could have, the Canadians argue, chosen to dig up and repair thousands of gas station holding tanks and established a giant new inspection system. While the cost of the alternative, running into billions of dollars, could effectively force California to back away from protecting its ground water, it would permit Canada to continue to export the contaminant.

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