Boulder is a city that cares about climate change. The city has taken on the task of tackling climate change by supporting: installations of solar panels and insulation for residents; education on energy conservation; alternative transportation, such as buses and bicycles; and setting up its own municipal utility. Through the municipal utility, the city could power its electricity with much larger percentages of wind and solar power.
Boulder is also the home of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), an institution that has been at the forefront of research on climate change. Its scientists issue regular warnings about the accelerating warming of the climate and the climate chaos that will result from this warming.
The Sierra Club recently released a document called "A Dirty Deal: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens our Climate" (http://www.sierraclub.org/compass/2015/12/dirty-deal). In the executive summary, the authors state that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), "fails to even mention the words 'climate change'... Beyond making no effort to combat climate disruption, the TPP would actually fuel the climate crisis. If approved, the pact would increase greenhouse gas emissions and undermine efforts to transition to clean energy."
"A Dirty Deal" lays out four key threats of the TPP to our climate, including:
1. The TPP investment chapter would give foreign investors, including some of the world's largest fossil fuel corporations, expansive new rights to challenge climate protections in unaccountable trade tribunals.
2. The TPP would lock in dirty fossil fuel production by expediting natural gas exports to all TPP countries including Japan, the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer.
3 The TPP would increase climate-disrupting emissions by shifting U.S. manufacturing to countries (Vietnam and Malaysia) where climate-disrupting emissions are two to four times higher.
4. The TPP imposes new limits on government efforts to combat climate disruption, absolves governments from fulfilling their obligations under all but one of seven core multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and lacks effective enforcement mechanisms.
Given its strong commitment to doing its part to reduce global climate change, the City of Boulder should join the City of Thornton in passing a strong resolution against the TPP. Please contact the City Council on this crucial issue at firstname.lastname@example.org. To get involved in efforts to stop the TPP, call 720-509-3378 or send an email to email@example.com. And please call Democrat U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (Boulder) at 303-484-9596 and ask him to oppose the TPP.
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