The legitimate force that drives trade agreements is companies' need for predictability and stability in order to invest beyond the borders of their home country. Everyone can support that. But where trade agreements go wrong is in secret negotiations, with virtually zero democratic input or accountability
Multinational corporations -- including some of the planet's biggest polluters -- could use the Trans-Pacific Partnership to sue governments, in private trade tribunals, over laws and policies that they claimed would reduce their profits. The implications are that corporate profits are more important than protections for air and water, climate stability, workers' rights, and more.
More and more public-interest organizations are organizing and denouncing the rigged fast-track approval process and TPP trade agreement. One after another, members of Congress are announcing opposition to fast track and demanding that trade problems like currency manipulation be covered by the TPP agreement.