Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tell Congress: Protect the planet, not big polluters by replacing NAFTA.

The petition to Congress reads:
“Our nation’s trade agreements should support good jobs and a safe environment – not corporations that offshore jobs and pollute our air, water and climate. Block and resist any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that does not put workers and the environment ahead of corporate profits.”
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Tell Congress: Protect working families and the environment, not corporate polluters
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a nightmare for American workers and the environment.1
American, Mexican and Canadian officials are currently renegotiating NAFTA, but phony populist Donald Trump and his lead negotiator U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are trying to use the negotiation process to hand over even more power to wealthy investors, big polluters and out-of-control mega-corporations.2
Congress will have the opportunity to review and vote on the new agreement before it goes into effect. We must insist that any NAFTA renegotiation puts workers and the environment before corporate profits.
NAFTA eliminates jobs, erodes wages, increases pollution, and undermines critical environmental and health protections, harming lower-income families and people of color. It is already a bad deal for American workers and the planet – and if Trump gets his way, it could get even worse.
That’s why we’re building pressure on Congress to insist that any NAFTA renegotiation must:
  1. Institute a democratic, accountable and transparent negotiating process that doesn’t give corporate interests special access or seats at the table.
  2. Eliminate the investor-state dispute settlement system, which surrenders U.S. sovereignty to multinational corporations that can sue our government before a tribunal of three corporate lawyers – ordering taxpayers to pay corporations unlimited sums of money for the loss of expected future profits, especially if they think protections for workers or the environment might undermine corporate NAFTA privileges.
  3. Include strong and enforceable environmental and labor standards.
  4. Require all imports meet our safety rules, including environmental and labor protections on imported food, goods and services.
  5. Preserve Buy American and Buy Local policies, eliminating NAFTA’s waivers that allow companies to offshore our tax dollars instead of reinvesting them to create jobs here.
  6. Remove rules that drive up drug prices by allowing pharmaceutical companies extended monopolies on drug patents.
If the Trump regime negotiates an agreement that doesn’t meet those criteria, Congress must stand up for the American people and refuse to ratify it.
Tell Congress: Protect the planet, not big polluters. Click the link below to sign the petition:
- Josh Nelson, CREDO Action
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  1. David J. Lynch, "NAFTA talks that were supposed to end last year might continue into 2019," The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2018.
  2. Michael McAuliff, "NAFTA Report Warns Of Trade Deal Environmental Disasters," HUFFPOST, Mar. 14, 2014

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