WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, the governments of the United States and the European Union formally launched a set of international trade negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
In response, Sierra Club Trade Representative Ilana Solomon released the following statement:
"This trade deal will go beyond traditional trade issues such as tariffs and will affect parts of our day-to-day lives -- things like our jobs, the safety of our food, and the chemicals in the products we use. Any pact between the U.S. and the EU must serve to strengthen public interest policies that are critical to protecting communities, the air we breathe, and the water we drink.
“We will watch these trade negotiations with a careful eye. Safeguards for the environment, our climate, our food, and chemicals must not be sacrificed for corporate profits.
“No trade pact is better than a bad trade pact. With a Trans-Pacific trade pact in the works and a Transatlantic trade pact on deck, and so many aspects of our daily lives at risk, these deals must be done right -- or not at all.”
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