For Immediate Release
Jonathan Stevenson, media officer
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TISA, Wikileaks and COP 21
WASHINGTON - Responding to the Wikileaks release of documents from the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which is being negotiated by the US, EU and 22 other countries, released to coincide with the COP 21 climate negotiations taking place in Paris, Nick Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:
"The raft of free trade agreements that are currently being pushed pose a critical threat to our ability to address the climate crisis. Regardless of the outcomes of the Paris climate talks, if TiSA was passed it would massively reduce the ability of national governments to make the sort of rational choices about energy production that would move us further towards a low carbon economy. TiSA seeks to place corporate handcuffs on our governments at a time when they need as much flexibility as possible to steer us away from fossil fuel dependency. If we want to fight climate change, we must also stop TiSA and the other toxic trade deals that are being cooked up behind closed doors."
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