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E-M:/ URGENT ALERT: Stop Fast Track -- Vote is TODAY -- Sierra Club Alert!!! -- PlsCirculate



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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MICHIGAN'S CONGRESSIONAL REPS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT THIS -- THE VOTE IS TODAY!

Double Urgent Action Alert  -- PLEASE CIRCULATE -- PLEASE CALL NOW
Sierra Club's Responsible Trade Program
July 26, 2002

                     SUPPORT CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY:
                  STOP ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL FAST-TRACK BILL

   Call your US Rep. NOW! -- The House WILL vote TODAY, Friday, July 26
                            Dial 1-877-611-0063

At a time when Americans are demanding increased corporate accountability,
Congress should reject the huge expansion of corporate power embodied in
fast-track trade legislation.

Fast track would pave the way for expansion of provisions in the North
American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that give foreign corporations new
powers to sue U.S. taxpayers for billions if our environmental laws
interfere with their profits.

The House leadership plans to rush this dangerous legislation to a vote
later this afternoon, Friday, July 26.  But they have so far refused to
share the actual legislation with our elected Representatives.

TAKE ACTION:

Call your US Representatives TODAY and urge them to oppose fast track.
Dial:
    1-877-611-0063 (AFL-CIO-sponsored toll-free number) or
    1-202-224-3121 (Capitol Hill Switchboard)

Ask five friends to make the same calls NOW.

We've got just a few hours.

BACKGROUND

Last night, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA) cut a deal
on a final version of the fast-track bill.  Their deal does nothing to
resolve the critical issue of NAFTA's corporate lawsuits.  And it forbids
US negotiators from including enforceable labor and environmental standards
in future trade deals.
    A Canadian company has already used NAFTA's corporate lawsuit rules to
sue US taxpayers for $1 billion in order to undercut an important
California clean water law.
    Clean air, forest protection, and smart growth laws in your state
could be next on the chopping block if "fast track" passes.
    A Tufts University study says NAFTA's corporate lawsuits could
eventually line the pockets of foreign corporations with $32 billion in US
taxpayer money ever year!
    The Sierra Club would support trade policies that uphold, rather than
undermine, environmental protections.
    For more info, visit www.sierraclub.org/trade






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