If you've been following the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" negotiations, you know what the world's elites have in store for us: more offshored jobs, more unsafe food, more dirty air and water, and all national laws sacrificed on the altar of "investor tribunals." But Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced S. 3347, the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act, which would prohibit our government from entering into agreements with nations that don't have similar core environmental, labor, and safety laws. This was the brave new world Mr. Obama promised on the campaign trail -- and the opposite of the brave new world he's pushed with his Trans-Pacific "Partnership." So Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the 21st Century Trade Agreements Act.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell the EPA to prevent Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection from letting corporations dump coal ash into abandoned or active coal mines. Dumping coal ash -- a by-product of coal manufacture containing many toxic heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and selenium -- into an active coal mine should present itself as an obviously bad idea, but abandoned coal mines were once active coal mines, and nobody designed either one to hold coal ash. Dumping the coal ash in these mines puts our water table at risk of contamination. The EPA started developing coal ash regulations in 2010; early drafts of the regulations were, frankly, not ideal, but Pennsylvania's actions would make matters even worse. Say it with me: our drinking water is more important than their profits.