Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

For Immediate Release


Dan Byrnes (202) 495-3039 or

Press Release

In Ad Buy, Sierra Club Urges Rep. Polis To Oppose Fast Track for Trans-Pacific Partnership


The Sierra Club launched a targeted ad campaign today, urging Representative Jared Polis to oppose fast track legislation for trade deals. The effort, which includes substantial online and public transportation ad buys, points to Rep. Polis’s strong environmental record and the environmental repercussions of forthcoming fast track legislation for deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“Congressman Polis has helped keep Colorado clean and green, and we need his help to make sure dirty trade deals don’t undermine that great work,” said Ilana Solomon, director of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program. “Voting for fast track would be a vote against climate progress.”

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently under negotiation between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations behind closed doors. Multinational corporations -- including some of the world’s biggest polluters -- could use provisions in the TPP to sue governments, in private trade courts, over laws and policies that they claimed would reduce their profits. That means our clean air, clean water, and climate protections could be subject to attack just because corporations say they cut into their bottom lines.

“Representative Polis has been a friend of the planet, which is why we need him to oppose fast track for trade pacts such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Bill Waren, trade analyst for Friends of the Earth. “Fast track would rush through trade pacts that undermine critical environmental and public health safeguards that could lead, for example, to more unsafe chemicals in our everyday lives.

Congress may soon decide whether to grant the Obama administration "fast track" authority to have the "final" pact approved as is -- meaning strict limits on Congressional debate and no amendments.

"The TPP will greatly threaten Coloradans' food and water," said Lisa Trope, Colorado organizer with Food & Water Watch. “By allowing international corporations to sue local municipalities for protecting their communities’ water and homes from fracking, the TPP will undermine our local democracy. We urge Representative Polis to stand with Coloradans and vote against fast tracking the TPP.”

The ads are supported by the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Food and Water Watch, and


The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.

Jayapal Says Corporate-Friendly No Labels Shows 'True Colors' by Undermining Jan. 6 Investigation

"To malign the January 6 Committee as a 'partisan exercise' is a dangerous message for the American public and our democracy—one that deeply undermines the committee's work and denies the truth about the Republican Party."

Brett Wilkins ·

As End of Roe Looms, US Doctors Say 'Abortion Is Essential Healthcare'

"Although ACOG's long-standing abortion policy supported safe, legal, evidence-based abortion care, the current reproductive health crisis calls for revisions which make it unmistakably clear that ACOG trusts doctors and patients," said the group.

Julia Conley ·

Biaggi to Primary 'Selfish Corporate Democrat' Sean Patrick Maloney in NY

The New York state senator says she's running "to protect and defend our democracy, to halt the climate crisis, to grow our supply of affordable housing, and to transform our government and economy to serve us all."

Andrea Germanos ·

'Not About Nostalgia': Poor People's Campaign Marches in Memphis Ahead of DC Gathering

"It's been 54 years since the sanitation worker's march," said Bishop William J. Barber II, "and right here in Memphis they still don't have union rights."

Kenny Stancil ·

Greenhouse Gases Trapped Nearly 50% More Heat Last Year Than in 1990: NOAA

"Getting hot in here," said one climate campaigner. "Gotta get congressmen and senators to do more midday outdoor events in their dark suits."

Jessica Corbett ·

Common Dreams Logo