June 18, 2015

350 Responds to House Vote on Fast-Track

June 18, 2015
Contact: Karthik Ganapathy, (347) 881-3784

After a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives approving Trade Promotion Authority, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“On the very day when one of the world’s leading moral authorities issues a historic clarion call for action to combat climate change and protect our planet, you’d think at least some of our leaders would listen. Instead, Congress has once again bowed to moneyed special interests, and voted to fast-track a trade deal that takes us a giant step backwards in the fight against climate change.

“This deal would rubber stamp approval for fracked gas export facilities across the world, forbid our negotiators from ever using trade deals in the fight against climate change, and let lawyers for Exxon and Shell throw expensive tantrum lawsuits at any government that dares to try and keep unburnable carbon in the ground. TPA and TPP are nothing less than a disaster for our environment and climate change, which is why we’re not done yet. As the fight moves to the Senate, our movement will do everything we can to prevent this massive corporate giveaway from becoming law.”