Right now, negotiations for what's being called "NAFTA on steroids," the Trans-Pacific Partnership, are being conducted in secret. The corporate lobbyists pushing this agreement include a who's who list of Big Oil, Big Ag and Wall Street power brokers.
The US negotiators have granted approximately 600 corporate lobbyists access to the negotiating texts while flatly refusing to tell the public what they have been proposing in our names. Why the secrecy? Probably because, at the behest of companies like Cargill, U.S. trade negotiators are pushing hard for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to include so-called "investor-state" provisions that would grant transnational corporations the power to challenge virtually any environmental law, regulation or court decision that negatively affects their expectation of profits.
Take action now to demand that the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement be made public, that existing free trade agreements be fixed, and that the administration stop pursuing new ones that are even more damaging to the environment. Send a message to US trade negotiator Ron Kirk and Cargill's Chief Trade Lobbyist Devry Boughner and tell them the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the wrong direction for America and the environment.
November 11, 2012 Action Alert ID# 20
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