Upon Signing, Environmental Groups Denounce Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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WASHINGTON—February 4, 2016—Yesterday, top officials from twelve Pacific Rim countries gathered in New Zealand’s SkyCity casino to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a wide-reaching trade pact aimed at opening national borders to the flow of goods, services and finance. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman signed on behalf of the United States, setting the clock ticking for President Obama to send the deeply flawed deal to Congress.

Todd Larsen, Executive Co-Director, Green America, released the following statement:

“By signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, 12 of the world’s nations are obstructing democracy, corporate accountability, and environmental progress. The TPP puts our food system, environment, and human rights at risk, allowing any protections we have in these areas to be challenged by private tribunals without any public accountability. TransCanada’s Keystone XL lawsuit is an example of how corporations can use Investor-State Dispute Settlement arbitration to challenge responsible decision-making, solely for their own economic gain. TPP will further open the doors to such lawsuits, allowing large biotech and agribusiness companies to challenge international food safety, worker safety, and agricultural regulations—putting the health of people and the planet at risk.”

Green America was joined in opposing the signing of the TPP by ten other conservation, wildlife protection, and environmental groups. Their statements can be found here.

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. http://www.GreenAmerica.org.

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