Trade agreements should be ratified only after human rights, health and environmental impact assessments have been conducted, which has not been the case with recent agreements.
Voters have figured out that our country’s current “free trade” policies are killing their jobs, wages, cities, regions and the country’s middle class. Multinational corporations do great under free trade, the rest of us not so much.
The ruling is a particularly harsh kick in the gut to climate cooperation. The ink is barely dry on the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement, but clearly trade still trumps real action on climate change.
Thousands of protesters are taking to the streets across New Zealand, calling on their country to “walk away” from negotiations of the TPP.
I’ve actually read the TPP text and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you. Anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents.
What does it mean for a state like Vermont to require GMO labeling, if Big Ag can secretly influence trade agreements that strip away the right of states to enact such legislation?