Trans-Pacific Trade Negotiators Fail to Reach a Deal
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, trade ministers from the U.S. and the 11 other governments of the Trans-Pacific Partnership revealed that they once again have failed to reach a deal at their most recent round of negotiations in Singapore.
In response, Ilana Solomon, Director of the Sierra Clubís Responsible Trade Program, released the following statement:
"Itís no surprise the Trans-Pacific countries are finding it hard to cut a deal -- they canít even agree on common-sense provisions to protect communities and the environment in the proposed trade pact. Countries including the Unites States are dealing with increased opposition to the pact from the public and policy makers.†
"Recently leaked documents show us that the trade deal falls flat on conservation issues like illegal logging, shark finning, and overfishing, and that the U.S. is pushing to weaken rules related to climate disruption and biodiversity. Moreover, other parts of the pact stand to severely threaten our environment and climate by giving foreign corporations the power to challenge local safeguards that protect public health and reducing oversight of natural gas exports.
ďMore than 120 Members of Congress have said they wonít accept a Trans-Pacific trade deal that doesnít have robust and binding environmental provisions that protect our air and water and allow us to address the climate crisis. Trade negotiators should take heed.Ē
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