for a century, the coal industry’s profit margin has been put ahead of people—and our water - Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network
Brought to you by Freedom Industries. This is what conservative/Tea Party anti-regulation rhetoric looks like.
I got the news about the chemical spill last night from my sister, who cannot drink water or bathe right now. I have many friends and family members in the same. And I am so so angry. But I can’t say that I’m surprised.
Big Coal has been poisoning the water and the land of Appalachia for years. And it has to stop. These companies MUST be held accountable to the people of West Virginia. Please sign this petition.
Read more about the spill here.
On a slightly more positive note, the company responsible for the leak, Freedom Industries, has been issued a Cease Operations Order by the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection. Of course this doesn’t mean they will get shut down. These companies never do. But it will at least slow them down for a while.
An infographic about the Trans-Pacific Partnership provided by 350.org.
What you need to know:
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create a super-treaty which would jeopardize the sovereignty of the nations involved by giving that power to large corporations like Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Halliburton, Philip Morris, GE, GM, Apple.
- There are currently 11 nations involved: U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, Mexicoand Canada. Japan has shown interest.
- The economic power of this group is more than 40% larger than the 27- nation European Union.
- TPP will offshore millions of good-paying jobs to low-wage nations, undercutting working conditions globally and increasing unemployment.
- TPP will expand pharmaceutical monopoly protections and institute longer patents that will decrease access to affordable medications
- TPP will limit food GMO labeling and allow the import of goods that do not meet US safe standards.
- TPP will institute SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA-like regulations and Internet measures which restrict our right to free speech.
- TPP will roll back Wall Street regulations, and prohibit bans on risky financial services.
- TPP will give multinational corporations and private investors the right to sue nations in private tribunals. These tribunals have the power to overturn environmental, labor, or any other laws that limit profit, awarding taxpayer funded damages.
- TPP will encourage the privatization of lands and natural resourcesin areas where indigenous people live.
PUBLIC CITIZEN REPORT
the report documents construction problems and apparent engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the southern segment of the pipeline. The full southern segment, scheduled to be filled with oil by the end of 2013, will run from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas. It traverses 631 streams and rivers in Texas alone (click here for maps and more information).
The apparent problems documented in the report include pipe being installed as part of new construction that had excessive bending or sagging, and peeling patches of field coating applied to cover damage on pipe about to be placed into the ground.
The report also notes more than 125 excavations in 250 miles of possible “anomalies” on pipe that had been buried for months. Those anomalies included dents, sags and other problems that could lead to spills or leakage of toxic tar sands crude.