Target: Hilary Clinton
Goal: Re-negotiate a trade agreement that could give corporations the power to sue over environmental laws.
The U.S. is considering a trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which could give corporations the power to sue local and national governments over their environmental regulations. While corporations could not have these laws repealed, they could collect fees from the federal government over lost profits. Four hundred and fifty environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth, have sent a letter to congress urging them to reject this agreement.
Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has stated that she wants to re-negotiate the rules surrounding currency manipulation in this agreement. Tell her that there is as much, if not more, need to revisit its environmental provisions.
There have been precedents of corporations using trade agreements to sue countries over their environmental laws. In 2015, TransCanada used the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to file a $15 billion dollar suit against the U.S. for disallowing the Keystone Pipeline. If completed, this pipeline would have dramatically increased the production of tar sands oil. When mined, tar sands create 81 percent more greenhouse gas pollution than traditional oil.
The protections afforded to the environment in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are ineffectual. Climate change isn’t even referenced directly. Urge Clinton to speak out about these issues and negotiate a deal that doesn’t ignore climate change, but promises to fight it.
Dear Ms. Clinton,
The Trans-Pacific Partnership must be re-negotiated to include stronger environmental protections. As it currently stands, the words climate change aren’t even mentioned. You have previously indicated that you would be open to re-negotiating this agreement to obtain stronger rules governing currency manipulation. The rules governing environmental protection are as much, if not more, in need of strengthening.
As the agreement is currently written, foreign corporations may have the power to sue the U.S. over its environmental regulations. There has been a precedent of corporations using trade agreements to file suit. In 2015, TransCanada used NAFTA to sue the U.S. for $15 billion in response to the rejection of the Keystone Pipeline. If built, this pipeline could have drastically accelerated climate change. The tar sands it would have been used to transport create 81 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than traditional oil.
On your campaign website you have stated that you wish to make America, “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” This cannot be done through agreements that cede power to corporations and fail to provide adequate environmental protections. Raise your voice and help America negotiate a better deal for the environment.
[Your Name Here]
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