Very quietly the EU and US Executive Branch under Obama have been working toward a trade agreement that will essentially supercede all sovereign laws and prevent state and local governments from passing new laws that are intended to safeguard the environment, promote consumer protections, ensure fair labor laws, protect small business, etc. If passed, TTIP will by far become the most monstrous and destructive of free trade agreements, both for the nations of the EU and for state and local governments in the U.S.
Never heard of the TTIP? That's because it's largely being negotiated in secret between lobbyists and their sycophants within the federal government. Like the the SPP, NAFTA, and other trade agreements used to override democratic process and representative government on the national and local levels, the TTIP is a huge giveaway to multinational corporations that do not want to be responsible to the people in the places where it does business.
What happens if TTIP is passed?
> European nations that require labeling of GMO products and protect farmers from being forced to use GMO seeds for crops, as they are in the U.S., will be forced to repeal those laws or face punitive fines from an international court.
> Disputes over the impact of agriculture, mining, power plants, port operations, etc, will be required to be heard in international courts and will be removed from national, state, and local jurisdictions.
> Cities like Portland that try to keep coal and oil exports out of their ports and sensitive ecosystems will be by-passed altogether and international corporations will be free to move whatever freight, no matter how dangerous, wherever they want.
> Corporations will be able to compel regional governments to let them consume as much local resources as possible for industrial purposes, regardless of the impact on people and the environment.
> States and local governments will have no power to stop, for example, the construction of a nuclear power plant, or even demand stricter safety precautions.
> The list goes on and nations like Australia and Canada which have already succumbed to similar trade agreements are already being sued by multinational corporations for their democratic efforts to protect their people and environment.
The Center for Food Safety has published an excellent paper on the dangers of the TTIP agreement: http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/files/cfs_trade_matters_76070.pdf
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE educate yourself on the TTIP and take action now to demand that your congressman oppose this trade agreement. The Obama Administration is currently seeking permission to fast track the approval of TTIP, which will even further erode your ability to stop it.
No Fracking Way: http://corporateeurope.org/sites/default/files/attachments/no_fracking_way.pdf
Economic Benefits of TTIP "vastly overblown" according to Univ. of Manchester: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=11096