[Our own Bonnie McKinlay spoke recently at a rally to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an international trade agreement that could be approved by Congress without any public debate. If you’re not familiar, Bonnie’s words are are great introduction to what’s at stake.]
I’m here to talk about climate and TPP.
To speak on climate I would review the most recent information — latest science, latest fossil fuel extraction plans, on-going droughts… species loss.
To speak on TPP’s effects on climate, what’s to review? Most of the contents of the TransPacific Partnership are secret. Eleven nations and the U.S. Congress are asked to sign a secret trade agreement that they are not permitted to share with their constituents. This eliminates any opportunity to voice our views on the specifics of the trade pact. The TTP is so secret that our elected representatives must approach it without recording devices of any kind, including paper and pencil. They are permitted no open debate on the TPP. However, 600 corporate representatives, such as Monsanto and the American Petroleum Institute, have full access to the document. We don’t know much about the TPP. What we do know comes from WikiLeaks and the disastrous history of NAFTA. Read more
On Monday, January 13th, the Eugene City Council unanimously voted to alter the city’s investment strategy, to divest of all Eugene’s holdings in fossil fuel companies! The initiative was brought to the council by Mayor Kitty Pierce.
Later that week, the OPB radio show Think Out Loud covered the legislation, which is available for listening here (after the jump), and on the OPB website.
350 PDX is proud to co-sponsor Columbia Riverkeeper’s showing of the NW premier of Momenta on January 16th!Momenta, a powerful documentary about coal export, was named one of the Top 10 documentaries of 2013 and captures stories from the mines of Montana and Wyoming to the ports threatened by Big Coal. Read more