The Obama administration is pushing for a sweeping trade deal with countries in Asia – and abandoning critical environment protections in order to make sure it happens. According to documents released by Wikileaks, environmental clauses in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are significantly weaker than previous trade agreements.

Instead of upholding existing environmental treaties, the deal would make pollution penalties and wildlife protections against shark finning and illegal logging optional and unenforceable. Environment groups analyzing the documents have found that the TPP would significantly expand fracking operations and lead to the approval of natural gas exports to any of the partnership countries without review.

The TPP should not leave the world's environment up for sale.

In the past, free trade agreements have at least included a list of environmental treaties that countries committed to uphold, and countries actually had the power to enforce those regulations.

The nations negotiating in the TPP account for nearly a quarter of the global trade in fish and wood products. The TPP should include rules that prevent countries from devastating their fish populations or illegally cutting down entire forests -- not to mention bans on hunting endangered wildlife.

If Congress passes the TPP as-is, they'll be leaving the world's environment vulnerable to decades of exploitation. Sign the petition now to stand up to stop it.


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telliottmbamsc 5 years 42 weeks ago

…and where is the EPA director?

The 1% and their corporations don’t need any more assistance, especially at the cost of our dying global environment.


Big business - the 1% - wants Congress to give the President fast-track authority to quickly push through new free trade agreements through Congress. This is not only unfair, it might even be unconstitutional, and it is up, regular people and the environment who will suffer.

We’ve been through this before. In the early 90s, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico, was fast-tracked. Despite promises of prosperity, it was a disaster. Thousands of American job went south, while countless Mexican farmers were pushed into poverty after they found they could not compete with subsidized cheap American produce. The only ones who won? Big manufacturers who could use cheap labor abroad and abandon American workers, and big-agribusiness profiting off the growing poverty in rural Mexico.

This could be even worse. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will bring more of the same with even worse environmental consequences at a time when we need to coming together to fight climate change. According to Wikileaks:

if the trade pact's final environmental chapter looks like [the leaked version, it would make the Obama administration's environmental trade record "worse than George W. Bush’s," said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “This draft chapter falls flat on every single one of our issues -- oceans, fish, wildlife, and forest protections -- and in fact, rolls back on the progress made in past free trade pacts.”

In the end, big corporations will profit while the rest of us - Americans, Asians, Latinos, not to mention animals and clean air - will see no benefits at all.

Call on Congress to refuse fast track authority for free trade agreements, to push for environmental protections, and respect the rights of ordinary citizens all around the world over those of big business. We want fair trade and an clean, green earth, not free trade and unlimited pollution! less

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nora 5 years 42 weeks ago

Time to change the frame on The Trans Pacific Partnership:

It's not just another in a string of nasty trade agreements -- IT IS international FASCIST policy carried out by transnational corporate bagmen in the Oligarchy.


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Rodger97321 5 years 40 weeks ago

Here's what 2008 President-elect said on their site about: Trade (It's still there)

Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that trade with foreign nations should strengthen the American economy and create more American jobs. They will stand firm against agreements that undermine our economic security.

  • Fight for Fair Trade: Obama and Biden will fight for a trade policy that opens up foreign markets to support good American jobs. They will use trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world and stand firm against agreements like the Central American Free Trade Agreement that fail to live up to those important benchmarks. Obama and Biden will also pressure the World Trade Organization to enforce trade agreements and stop countries from continuing unfair government subsidies to foreign exporters and nontariff barriers on U.S. exports.
  • (u-huh, u-huh - oh, tell me more)
  • Amend the North American Free Trade Agreement: Obama and Biden believe that NAFTA and its potential were oversold to the American people. They will work with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to fix NAFTA so that it works for American workers.
  • (very good, very good - can hardly wait).
  • Improve transition assistance: To help all workers adapt to a rapidly changing economy, Obama and Biden will update the existing system of Trade Adjustment Assistance by extending it to service industries, creating flexible education accounts to help workers retrain, and providing retraining assistance for workers in sectors of the economy vulnerable to dislocation before they lose their jobs.
  • (sounds very innovative but what's this dislocation talk?)
  • End tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas: Barack Obama and Joe Biden believe that companies should not get billions of dollars in tax deductions for moving their operations overseas. They will fight to ensure that public contracts are awarded to companies that are committed to American workers.
  • (very good, very good - that should help)
  • Reward companies that support American workers: Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 with Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill) and Sherrod Brown (D-Oh) to reward companies that create good jobs with good benefits for American workers. The legislation would provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the U.S.; maintain their corporate headquarters in America if it has ever been in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.
  • ( Reward for doing right thing? Aahhh, okay - baby make boom-boom, good job ! )

So clearly all this talk about TPP must be some kinda Republican Pimp-Whore Hoax. Their statements (above) are pretty much unambiguous.

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