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

Entries by Ilana Solomon

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opposition to trade deals that the Obama administration is pushing and to so-called fast-track trade authority -- an outdated mechanism that would limit congressional and public oversight over trade negotiations.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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U.S. Challenges India's Solar Industry, Again

(53) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 5:14 PM

On February 10, the United States filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint against India. The allegation? That India may be unfairly supporting the development of its solar manufacturing industry. This misguided complaint will only further enflame tensions between the world's two largest democracies over an issue we all support:...

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Trade in Environmental Goods May Not Actually Be So Good

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Trade can help spread environmentally friendly technologies, but if the products we're trading harm the environment, everyone loses.

On Jan. 25, a group of World Trade Organization (WTO) countries including the United States, the European Union, Australia, and Canada, launched a new set of negotiations to eliminate tariffs on a...

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Congress: Don't Put Harmful Trade Pacts on the Fast Track

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Thursday, Congress pulled a rusty, old tool out of the bottom of their toolbox. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014, otherwise known as "fast track," that could facilitate passage of deeply flawed trade...

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No More Handouts to Corporations in the US-EU Trade Pact

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 4:45 PM

This week, the Sierra Club and nearly 200 organizations from the United States, Europe, and across the world joined together in a sending a simple, clear, and decisive statement to the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht: Keep investor-state dispute settlement out...

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Deal or No Deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Congress Weighs in

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:30 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about to be finalized. Or is it?

The U.S. Trade Representative and trade ministers from the 11 other nations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement have just left for their weekend meeting in Singapore, where they hope to be able to announce that a final...

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No Fracking Way: How Companies Sue Canada to Get More Resources

(17) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 1:38 PM

This week, an electronic copy of a quietly filed lawsuit was unearthed, exposing the fact that oil and gas company Lone Pine Resources is moving forward with a $250-million North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...

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Discouraging Use of Tar Sands or Expanding Trade: Which Do You Think Is More Important?

(8) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:01 PM

Co-authored with Quentin Karpilow

Tar sands -- the world's dirtiest oil -- are one of the most climate-disrupting fuels that exist and have extreme consequences for water sources, animals, and human health. Recognizing the threat that tar sands pose to communities and the environment, the European Union (EU)...

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The 19th Round of Trade Talks in Brunei

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Brunei is a tiny, remote country in Southeast Asia with a population smaller than that of Washington, D.C. It's also the location of the current round of trade talks between the United States and eleven other Pacific Rim nations.

Who could think of a better place to hold a round...

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