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.
TPP = Corporate Power Tool of the 1%
May 7, 2012 by PublicCitizen
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated in secret and the stakes for the 99% couldn’t be higher. Go to www.TPP2012.com and click on TAKE ACTION today. Share Public Citizen Global Trade Watch’s song parody to the tune of Jackson 5’s ABC with friends and family and encourage them to take action too! Follow us @PCGTW and the hashtag #TPP2012. Together, we can STOP the TPP!
Have you heard? The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “free trade” agreement is a stealthy policy being pressed by corporate America, a dream of the 1 percent, that in one blow could:
-offshore millions of jobs,
-free Wall Street and its banksters from oversight,
-reduce Internet freedom,
-ban policies needed to create green jobs and rebuild local economies,
-decrease access to medicine by extending drug company monopolies,
-empower corporations to attack our environmental and health safeguards, such as tobacco control and clean air and water regulations.
Closed-door talks are on-going between the U.S. and Australia, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam; with countries like Japan and China potentially joining later. 600 corporate advisors have access to the text, while the public, Members of Congress, journalists, and civil society are excluded. And so far what we know about what’s in there is very scary!
But there’s still time to organize to shine a light on the horrors of the TPP and convince our governments to instead pursue policies that benefit the 99% in our countries. Watch this video and then take action by signing our petition calling for an end to secrecy in the TPP negotiations and learn more at http://www.TPP2012.com.