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Secrets Revealed: The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement
February 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Sponsored by the Sierra Club and State Rep. Denise Provost
A few weeks ago, a bill to fast track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was introduced in Congress, but no copy was given to Congressional members! This trade deal is being secretly negotiated with over 600 corporations, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Eventually, every Pacific Rim nation may be included. It will loosen environmental protections for any commerce subject to the TPP. It will override domestic environmental protections. If passed, President Obama will be negotiating its terms without input from Congress, the environmental community, labor, and human rights advocates. The lack of transparency bypasses public scrutiny, precludes careful study — and must be pierced NOW.
Why the Extreme Secrecy? Among the 600 corporations crafting this agreement are America’s biggest polluters and exporters of jobs offshore, global banks, agribusiness, and pharmaceutical giants. No TPP drafts have been released (except through Wikileaks). Environmentalists, labor and the public voices– and Congress – are drowned out.
The TPP Ensures Corporate Profits: The TPP gives corporations the right to sue in private proceedings any government to recover profits reduced by any law or regulation that conflicts with TPP.
Gas Prices will Rise in the US and the Dirty Fracking Will Increase: The TPP supports significant increases in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. That will more than double what we pay for gas because we will be competing at global market prices, which are 4 to 6 times higher than what we pay now. Increased gas prices means increased use of coal, increased fracking, and threats to our ground water and increased green house gases.
Overturning Environmental Protections: Hard-won environmental laws and regulations that protect us from toxins and harmful chemicalsand mining practices can be struck down using the TPP.
Please join us for a brief discussion on the TPP. We’ll be reviewing what we know, what we don’t know, and how you can get involved in this important issue.