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Ilana Solomon is a Trade Representative at Sierra Club.

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A Clean Environment Is Not for Trade

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:09 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 | 4:14 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 | 10:31 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 | 8:14 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 | 3:45 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 | 10:30 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 | 12:38 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 | 12:01 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 | 10:50 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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Turning the Tide on Shark Finning

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 1:15 PM

We're halfway through Shark Week, and many of you have already taken a break from watching the country's first-ever late-night shark talk show and taken actions to save the sharks in the Great Barrier Reef. You may also have learned about the connection between the decline...

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Obama's Climate Plan for International Trade

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:58 AM

President Obama's ambitious plan to tackle climate change, outlined in his July 25 speech at Georgetown University, comes as welcome news to the Sierra Club. His stated intention to use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to limit air pollution from both new and existing power plants, and...

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Transatlantic Trade: What's at Stake for Communities and the Environment

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Things are heating up in the international trade world. With a new U.S. Trade Representative confirmed, a Trans-Pacific trade pact in the works, and a Transatlantic trade pact just launched last week, President Obama has set an aggressive trade agenda that must be watched...

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Mr. Froman: Let's Make the U.S. Trade Agenda Truly Fair

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 6:04 PM

At his confirmation hearing last week, Michael Froman, President Obama's nominee for United States Trade Representative (USTR), said ". . . and let me be clear, my view is that it is better to accept no [trade] agreement than a bad agreement."

Later, Mr. Froman said, "Trade policy can only...

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6 Things Mike Froman Must Do As the Next U.S. Trade Representative

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 5:37 PM

This week, President Obama nominated Deputy National Security Adviser for International Affairs Mike Froman for one of the remaining spots in his Cabinet -- U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). If confirmed, Mr. Froman will face many opportunities to build a new and responsible model of trade. The Sierra Club...

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The Lacey Act: A Sharp Tool From the Climate Action Shed

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 12:46 PM

President Obama couldn't have been more explicit in 2013 in voicing America's need to address climate disruption. He's said so twice already this year in high-profile, public speeches. The first was in January, during his second inaugural speech, and the second was in February's 2013 State of the Union address,...

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Does Fracking Make You Queasy? So Will the Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

(17) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announced Japan's intention to enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact (TPP). With Japan's entry, the trade pact will now include 12 nations along the Pacific Rim, including the United States. It's similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) -- only way, way...

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U.S. Challenges India's Solar Energy Incentives at WTO: What's at Stake

(10) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:30 PM

The transition to a clean energy economy is imperative not only to tackle the climate crisis, but also to spur development through new economic opportunities, new investment, and the creation of new green jobs. In seeking to capture these benefits, however, governments are increasingly turning to trade rules to challenge...

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Trade Rules Undermine Transition to Clean Energy

(21) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 9:38 AM

Responsible trade can help countries develop sustainably, foster a healthy environment, and expand the use of clean energy. But when used irresponsibly, trade and investment agreements do more harm than good. They can encourage production of goods in places with weak environmental laws and policies, increase carbon pollution by expanding...

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Trade Ruling Undermines Efforts to Curb Climate Chaos

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:01 PM

In a deeply troubling decision reported this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a confidential ruling against Ontario's successful "feed-in tariff" incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs. Despite the fact that climate change is reaching catastrophic...

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Fracking Causes Friction Between Trade And Environment

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 3:50 PM

The truth is becoming clear -- trade rules are being used to threaten policies that protect wildlife, preserve scarce natural resources, and promote clean energy and green jobs. The most recent clash between free trade and our environment is in Quebec, where communities are...

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