Why we should oppose Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership…

  • May 8, 2015 at 1:31 pm #1522
    Stephen Loughin

    Today, the Senate plans to open discussion on a plan to “fast-track” the approval of a trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The details of this deal have been negotiated in secret, with representatives of nearly 500 of the largest multinational corporations, but without the benefit of input from the citizens who will be affected.  In drafts that have been leaked to the press, the TPP would give companies the right to sue state, local and even our Federal Government should they legislate or order climate policy changes that interfere with profits.  This means that a states could no longer mandate that power companies switch from dirty, coal-fired plants to clean, renewable sources without risking a law suit from the power company and everyone in their supply chain, all the way back to the mountain-top-removing, coal-mining companies.  If this legislation is fast-tracked, it will be handed to congress for an up-or-down vote, with no possibility of debate or amendment.  Climate advocacy groups, such as 350.org are asking that you consider this concern and ask your legislators to open the matter to public scrutiny and debate.  If it’s such a good deal, then what’s the harm in taking our time to look it over?  Thanks for reading!  BTW: Here’s the link to 350.org’s action request: https://act.350.org/sign/congress-tpp/

  • May 20, 2015 at 9:20 pm #1524
    Daniel Turner

    NAFTA and the WTO were sold to us with promises that more trade would create more jobs. Sure, more sweatshop jobs in Mexico, China and Bangladesh. Labor unions here in the US now realize they were swindled by those treaties, and consequently are solidly opposed to the TPP. Winning fair labor practices took decades of struggle here in our country where we have freedom of expression, freedom to protest, and freedom to go out on strike. How long is it going to take to establish fair labor practices and decent wages in Mexico, China and Bangladesh? How about a couple of hundred years (or maybe never) if the TPP goes through. Meanwhile, with the TPP labor in this country will have to compete head to head with those exploited sweatshop workers…. I went on the 350.org site and sent a message to my congressman. Maybe doing that was too easy!

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