A disastrous trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated behind closed doors. If passed, it could severely hinder our efforts to stop fracking, the dangerous fossil fuel extraction technique that threatens public health, pollutes our environment, contributes to global warming and hurts wildlife, from California condors to San Joaquin kit foxes.
The TPP would allow corporations to sue if they think their profits are in jeopardy -- even if the challenge to the company comes from a citizen-approved ban on fracking.
Just last year one enterprise sued Canada for $250 million after the people of Quebec passed a moratorium on fracking under the St. Lawrence River. We can't let corporations run roughshod over local communities' efforts to protect their health and environment from this toxic practice.
The trade deal could also encourage an expansion of dangerous fracking for shale gas by automatically approving future exports of U.S. liquefied natural gas to all parties to the agreement.
President Obama has already received "fast-track" approval of the TPPfrom Congress, but we have to make sure the final agreement is not jammed through and passed as currently drafted.
Take action now and urge your elected officials to vote no on the TPP and fracking.
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Please take action by Jan. 4, 2015.
Photo of San Joaquin kit fox (c) Robin Silver, Center for Biological Diversity.
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