To the editor: Contrary to the impression that readers of the editorial may get, I am pro-trade. I want a fair trade deal. ("Why 'fast track' bill on trade makes sense," editorial, June 10)
But “fast track” legislation for the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will likely result in a bad trade deal that hurts American workers. It's been estimated that the
The text of the House fast-track measure ties the hands of the president, not allowing him to consider climate change or immigration issues when negotiating deals. Additionally, it hurts human rights by drastically weakening human trafficking protections.
If the president gets fast-track authority, then my only role as a member of
To the editor: The Times editorializes that "state and local officials are conspicuously silent" on the (TPP) — and after all, it's daunting to oppose a presidential trade initiative. Nonetheless, there are many reasons for great concern.
The TPP will allow multinational corporations to undermine labor safeguards, civil rights, environmental protection and healthcare — and will seriously derail urgent efforts at fighting climate change.
California leads the nation on climate mitigation legislation, and its efforts must not be undercut. Yet similar trade deals have gutted efforts in other countries through provisions allowing corporations and investors to sue cities, states and nations over legislative and administrative rules in transnational tribunals.
In Canada, for instance, the province of Ontario's “buy local solar and wind” program was undermined by the
We shouldn't enable assaults by multinational fossil fuel companies on California's landmark climate change legislation. That's just one crucial reason among many why the TPP must be stopped.
Paul Koretz, Los Angeles
The writer is a member of the L.A. City Council.