From the Green Shadow Cabinet‘s Kris Alman, published 12/29/2013
The mainstream media should be ashamed of its minimal attempts at informing the American people about the TranPacific Partnership (TPP). Negotiated in secret, the TPP is NAFTA on steroids. It’s urgent we demand that Congress oppose a “fast track” of this treaty.
You may be muttering, “Why pay attention to this irrelevant issue?” After all, we’re too busy working long hours to buy cheap Nike shoes, iPads and apparel from retailers like Walmart to celebrate the Christmas® holidays.
Indeed, we are so busy buying stuff destined for landfills that we don’t realize we are disposable too. The wizards behind the curtain of the TPP are 600 corporate “advisors” for rich multi-national corporations that don’t care about public health, the environment and human rights. They care about profits—period.
Read more here…
See also…NAFTA Twenty Years On
from the Green Shadow Cabinet’s Richard McIntyre, published 12/13/2013
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While the “Monsanto Protection Act” has been dealt a setback in the Washington, the GMO industry is continuing its backroom campaign against regulation and labelling at a state and local level. The story of Oregon’s SB-863 law shows that the industry is targeting the rights of counties and communities to control their food production.
Read more about The “Monsanto Protection Act” goes to Oregon
Steve Breyman, Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator
High-volume hydraulic fracturing (better known as “fracking”), the process by which more and more oil and gas in the United States is produced, is good at some near-term things. It’s brought down natural gas prices for consumers. It’s resulted in several boom-towns across America’s shale formations. It’s brought back to life old wells uneconomical to pump through other means. It’s generated significant funds for gas companies and some lucky leaseholders. It’s created thousands of jobs. It’s plowed much needed tax revenues into a few state and local government coffers.
Please read Clay Naff’s fantastic article in the July/August 2013 issue of The Humanist about one of our favorite activists in this state, Buffalo Bruce.
March 13, 1959 – February 22, 2013
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