2 thoughts on “United States government neglects environment in trade negotiations

  1. A dangerous trade pact between the U. S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim called the Trans-Pacific Partnership would strip our government’s power to manage U.S. gas exports, opening the floodgates for fracking to feed foreign markets.

    So it’s no surprise the United States Trade Representative is negotiating this trade agreement in almost complete secrecy.

    Tell your Representatives to Oppose Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

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    Dear Activist,

    Trade agreements should not be made behind closed doors.

    Tell Congress to oppose fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

    Take Action!

    When it comes to trade agreements, the United States is in a big fracking mess.

    A dangerous trade pact between the U.S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim called the Trans-Pacific Partnership would strip our government’s power to manage U.S. gas exports, opening the floodgates for fracking, sacrificing our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets. So it’s no surprise the United States Trade Representative is negotiating this trade agreement in almost complete secrecy.

    Among other problems, the agreement would boost exports of natural gas which means more fracking in our backyards, near our schools, and next to our hospitals. No one in their right mind would support destroying their communities!

    What’s even worse is that a piece of legislation called “fast-track” could help Congress to quietly and quickly push the trade pact across the finish line.

    Tell Congress not to fast-track this trade agreement! In less than a minute, you can send a message to protect communities across the country.

    Just take it from the folks in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas where hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them.1

    If Congress thinks they can flood our communities with more fracking thanks to a secret trade agreement, we’d better flood their offices with messages. By keeping us in the dark, Congress will make sure only a select few government officials and a handful of Big Oil and Big Gas will have their voices heard. Our phone calls will leave them with no choice but to bring this trade agreement into the light of day.

    Sign the petition and tell Congress not to make trade agreements behind closed doors!

    Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

    Ilana Solomon
    Director, Responsible Trade Program
    Sierra Club

    [1] 4 states confirm water pollution from drilling, USA Today, January 5, 2014.

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