How to write a "Letter to the Editor" regarding TPP
Some helpful tips from Expose the Tpp - USA
Go to the online site for your local paper to see what articles they’ve published regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
- In the “Find” field, enter “Trans-Pacific Partnership.”
- You can also enter “Fast Track,” but it is unlikely to yield a result.
- If article(s) or other Letters to the Editor/OP-EDs surface, be sure to read them.
- Reference the article/letter/OP-ED [typically, but not necessarily the latest article] in your letter. For example: “Regarding the article entitled [title, date] about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, I noticed there was no mention [or brief mention] of Fast Track,” or.. “I’d like to elaborate on the Fast Track points that the article [name of article, date] touched upon...”
- Keep the text of your letter concise.
- Letters are easier to read if there is a new paragraph for each new thought.
- Ask a few people to proof your letter. A fresh pair of eyes can ensure that your message is clear.
- Encourage as many others in your community to write and submit similar letters. We need many!
The Sierra Club has graciously offered it to be submitted by anyone with her/his name attached. Their goal - get the message out! Or, take a moment and personalize this letter with your words, your message.
To the Editor:
This Earth Day, people need to know about the dirty environmental truth behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - a trade deal currently being negotiated by 12 different nations, including the US. The TPP stands to threaten existing policies that protect our air, water, and climate.
Thanks to a little-known provision called “investor-state dispute settlement,” corporations would rise to the level of nations and be empowered to sue governments directly over environmental protections that they claim might hurt their profits. Similar provisions in other trade agreements have allowed corporations to do this.
For example, Lone Pine Resources is using investment rules under the North American Free Trade Agreement to sue Canada for $250 million. The crime? A moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, might slow down the greedy company from raking in more profits.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership could also threaten clean air, water and land here in the United States. It would strip our government of its ability to manage exports of natural gas, opening the floodgates to more fracking here at home to satisfy foreign markets like Japan.
What lurks in the shadows of the pact may be even worse. After more than three years of negotiations, not a word of draft text has been officially released. If we truly want “a good agreement” that works for all Americans, we must see the full text so we can have real input before it’s too late.