Check out Public Citizen's latest action alert on the Peru FTA and the environment. Here's an excerpt:
When Big Oil companies are going full steam on a stealth lobbying mission for more access to the Amazon, it doesn't take a geological engineering degree to realize that whatever they are pushing is probably bad for the environment.
So, it's more than a little disturbing that Democrats in Congress are scheduling a vote on one of Big Oil's top legislative priorities - an expansion of NAFTA to the South American country of Peru that would give them powerful new rights to ravage the endangered Amazon rainforest.
Indigenous leaders from the Peruvian Amazon are in Washington, DC right now urging the U.S. Congress to save their Amazon rainforest home and help stop global warming by defeating the Bush administration's proposed NAFTA expansion. But they need our help!
Please urge your representatives in Congress to save the Amazon from Big Oil's Peru NAFTA scheme - and vote NO on HR 3688, the Peru "free trade" agreement (Peru FTA).
Take action here: http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=17124
And here's the real kicker: in just the past two years, the percentage of the Peruvian Amazon region zoned for oil and gas exploration has exploded from 13 percent to over 65 percent! This includes national parks and other ostensibly protected areas. The Chapter 11-style foreign investor protections in the Peru FTA would help lock in this outrage, even if a new pro-environment government were elected in Peru. This graphic tells the story in stunning fashion: