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Tell USTR: No Special Rights for Corporations in the US-EU Trade Agreement

Source: Citizenstrade.org

August 14, 2014

Protect the EnvironmentOnce again, transnational corporations are hoping that a free trade agreement will become a back-door means for them to force environmental deregulation — this time through a massive new pact with the European Union.

The federal government is currently conducting an environmental review of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and part of that review includes accepting public comments.  Please take this opportunity to tell the U.S. Trade Representative that you oppose giving corporations new tools for attacking important environmental protections.

The public review period currently underway specifically asks for comments on what the “scope” of the TTIP’s environmental review should be.  We need your help demanding that this review not only investigate TTIP’s environmental chapter, but also explore the implications of:

  • A so-called “investment” chapter that would enable transnational corporations to challenge both existing and future climate, clean water, clean air, food safety, habitat protection and other environmental policies as “expropriations” and to demand taxpayer compensation through private tribunals that circumvent our judicial system: and
  • A so-called “regulatory cooperation” chapter that would enable corporations and foreign governments to inject years of delay into what is an already abysmally-slow process for developing new public interest regulations in the United States.

Corporations already have enough power over U.S. policy-making without trade agreements giving them special rights.  TAKE ACTION NOW: Take a stand for the quality of the air we breath, the water we drink and the planet we leave behind for our children and grandchildren by submitting comments today.

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