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Ilana Solomon
Ilana Solomon is Director of the Responsible Trade Program at Sierra Club.

Entries by Ilana Solomon

2015: A Year in Review on Trade and the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 4:23 PM

In 2015, new trade and investment cases, leaks and texts all demonstrated how trade rules present a significant threat to our environment and climate. But 2015 was also a year of unprecedented grassroots mobilization on trade, indicating that -- if we continue to build on this momentum -- we can...

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New Report Reveals How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Climate

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 11:38 AM

Co-authored by Ben Beachy, senior policy advisor for the Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program.

Photo Credit: Sierra Club

As the world's leaders converge in Paris this week to craft a deal to tackle climate disruption globally, an already-hatched trade...

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After Text Release, Environmental Groups Speak Out on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:55 PM


Yesterday, the U.S. finally unveiled the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. After seeing the text, more than a dozen conservation, wildlife protection, and environmental groups released the following statements:

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune...

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More Than a Dozen Environmental Organizations Warn of Trans-Pacific Partnership Risks

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 6:30 PM

On October 5, after more than 5 years of closed-door negotiations, the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations finally reached an agreement on the increasingly controversial and unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. The Sierra Club and environmental partners across the country have worked tirelessly to...

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Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

(2) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 5:45 PM

For decades, crews of illegal loggers have traveled deep into Peru's Amazon rainforest, cutting valuable hardwoods for sale on the international market while threatening indigenous communities, our environment, and the climate. Rampant corruption has plagued Peru's forest sector, allowing timber mafias to...
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The Fight for Fair Trade: How Far We've Come, How Much Further We Will Go

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 3:55 PM

After a long, arduous fight, Congress passed legislation that will put harmful trade pacts on the fast track. Now our job is to put aside this momentary loss, build on the incredible momentum we have created in the fight for fair and responsible trade, and shift focus to the even...

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New EIA Report Details Trade Deal Failure to Support the Environment

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 6:16 PM

On June 4, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) published a new briefing paper that demonstrates how free trade agreements fail to lift up environmental standards. Their report, focused on the failure to enforce environmental obligations in the U.S.-Peru trade pact, is particularly timely given that proponents of the...

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Far From a 'Progressive' Trade Deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Harm our Environment

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have called the deal "the most progressive trade bill in history." But given the history of U.S. trade deals, that bar is set exceedingly low. Our past trade deals have led to the offshoring of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, have...

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2014: A Year in Review on Climate and Trade

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:48 AM

In typical year-end fashion, I recently found myself reflecting about 2014. In the past year, we saw governments and multinational corporations using trade rules to challenge climate progress, but we also saw Sierra Club activists and fair trade allies across the country fight against harmful trade pacts and we saw...

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More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Photo courtesy of Teamsters

The saying goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This couldn't be more true for the two largest trade agreements currently in negotiation, the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and

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Corporations Aren't People and They Aren't Nation States, Either

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Despite what some politicians say, corporations aren't people. But, even worse, when it comes to the world's biggest trade deals, corporations are actually treated like nation states. Thankfully, a major storm is brewing that could put a crack in this fundamental pillar of the existing free trade regime.


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Why the Climate Movement Cannot Ignore Trade

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 4:27 PM


This past weekend, I joined more than 400,000 community members on the frontlines of climate disruption, environmentalists, workers, students, parents, and others to demand action on climate and to claim our collective rights to clean water, air, and land.

As someone who has...

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No to Fast-Tracking Harmful Trade Pacts; Yes to a New Model of Trade

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:27 PM

There's growing opposition to trade deals that the Obama administration is pushing and to so-called fast-track trade authority -- an outdated mechanism that would limit congressional and public oversight over trade negotiations. From national polls showing that a majority of Americans oppose putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the...

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Predators, Prey, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:33 PM


If you're one of the 29 million Americans that can't wait to tune in to this week's Shark Week spectacular, you're probably familiar with the incredible power, grace, and agility of the world's 460-plus species of sharks.

For the past 27...

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New Report: Trade Talks Threaten to Undermine EU Climate Policy and Bring Tar Sands to Europe

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 5:32 PM

Co-authored with Courtenay Lewis, Campaign Representative, Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program


As 2014 brings in a new wave of global temperature records, countries implementing policies that reduce climate disrupting pollution should be lauded for their efforts.

But a

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Translation of Leaked European Union Trade Document: Climate Disaster

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:49 PM

A leaked European Union trade document, published by the Washington Post, reveals the dangers of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for communities and our climate. The document, similar to a previously leaked EU proposal for a chapter on energy which I wrote about...

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Transatlantic Trade Pact Endangers Action on Climate

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 1:15 PM

One year ago, the Sierra Club submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative about a newly proposed trade deal with the European Union, warning that it could have irreversible effects on communities and the climate crisis we all face. Today, a leaked text...

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Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

(4) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 6:37 PM

President Obama recently wrapped up a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where the leaders once again failed to make a breakthrough on their deadlock in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

Obama and Abe have been in negotiations over Japan's treatment of sensitive agricultural...

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Behind the Veil: The Truth About Trade in 'Environmental Goods'

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:12 PM

The United States might be part of another disheartening trade deal veiled with a false promise of environmental protection. As I wrote about before, on Jan. 25, a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) members including the United States, the European Union, Australia, and Canada, want to eliminate...

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A Clean Environment Is Not for Trade

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 5:09 PM

Last week, more than 120 members of Congress sent a clear message to the United States Trade Representative: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact must have a robust, fully enforceable environment chapter that addresses the core conservation challenges of the region.

The letter comes just days...

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