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January 23, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Trans Pacific Partnership: Stand up to fast track authority

Corrected version

If you breathe air, drink water or are concerned about the environment and climate change, watch out because a tsunami of corporate power is about to overtake many of our existing protections [“Trans Pacific Partnership: Fast-track authority at odds with self-governance,” Northwest Voices, Dec. 30].

A few details of the ultrasecret, 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership are, thanks to WikiLeaks, just now being revealed, and every citizen should be aware of its far-reaching threats.

Because language in the investment chapter allows foreign corporations to sue a government directly for almost any domestic law that might hurt its profitability, it poses a direct threat to many of our current laws, including those related to the environment, labor, agriculture and access to medicines.

As a resident of the 8th District, I thank U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, for his concern about this NAFTA on steroids. I urge others in Congress to stand up to the fast track, which would strip Congress of its own ability to ensure that the TPP would actually protect our citizens, communities and the environment.

Lisa Dekker, Seattle

Information in this article, originally published Jan. 23, 2014, was corrected Jan. 27, 2014. A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted “NAFTA on steroids,” which gave the impression that U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott said it.

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