The fight against Fast Track trade authority is heating up as yesterday a bipartisan bill was introduced that would allow Fast Track. Opponents, including the BlueGreen Alliance, say that Fast Track is bad for our economy and environment. (Politico)
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“We've had the start of a Senate hearing even before a bill was finalized and introduced. Now, that legislation is headed to mark up and a floor vote in just days. TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) pretends to be about trade, but in reality it is about protecting corporate profits above all else and defining our national security in terms of giving away our jobs, depressing our wages and then rewarding the responsible multinational corporations, often U.S. based, with guaranteed profits in the nations where they invest," said CWA President Larry Cohen in a statement about the newly introduced bill.
A bad deal – The head of the American Sustainable Business Council has penned an opinion piece that highlights why Fast Track is a big mistake for most businesses. (The Hill)
Dismissive – A panel of federal judges appears to be leaning toward dismissing the first legal challenge against the Clean Power Plan. (New York Times)
43 CEOs urge climate action – The CEOs of 43 international companies sent an open letter that both commits them to reducing greenhouse gases in their own corporation and also asks that countries put a price on carbon pollution. (The Hill)
The Pope and climate change – Here’s a look at why Pope Francis’ climate change encyclicalis a step forward for the church. (US News & World Report)
85 percent – A new report says that 85 percent of facilities in the Midwest storing nine toxic chemicals haven’t filed a risk management plan with the EPA. (AllGov)