Burning Issues: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Climate Change

“Our trade policies stand to undermine the very real progress we’re making on climate change,” warns Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, in this Burning Issues video.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would make it more difficult to implement the important policy commitments the United States made during the 2015 global climate change summit in Paris, Solomon says. For example, corporations could challenge laws designed to lower carbon emissions in corporate-dominated investor-state dispute settlement tribunals, she said.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both say they oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Solomon says there are key differences in how they come to their opposition.

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