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TPP vs. the Environment
October 26, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
“ [Natural gas] is an ideal fuel – energy source that we can use for the next hundred years. So I want to encourage natural gas production.” – President Barack Obama, July 16, 2012
Behind closed doors, the Obama administration and the governments of 10 other countries are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive expansion of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement that will increase the profits of the 1% – at the expense of: family farmers, decent jobs, the environment, internet freedom, access to lifesaving drugs, animal rights, freedom of speech, indigenous communities, financial industry reform, national sovereignty, democracy, labor rights, and food safety.
Leaked texts have revealed that TPP will contain rules that give foreign investors in fracking projects the power to sue the US in international tribunals for unlimited sums if the US government decides to ban hydrofracking. Plus, TPP will eliminate the public interest review process for liquid natural gas (LNG) terminals designed to export fracked gas to TPP member nations.
Join a panel of speakers to learn why TPP threatens public interest laws, how NAFTA-style free trade agreements have already helped extractive industries violate human rights and pollute the environment in Latin America, and how the fracking industry may use TPP to eliminate public review and undermine anti-fracking legislation.
- Alisa Simmons, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
- Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative,The Sierra Club
- Manuel Perez-Rocha, Associate Fellow, Global Economy, Institute for Policy Studies
- Bill Weinberg, World War 4 Report, Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade
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