Obama Needs a Just Transition Taskforce

Obama Needs a Just Transition Taskforce

→  February 28, 2011

President Barack Obama recently established a Presidential Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He told the first meeting, “The biggest challenge we’re seeing right now is that unemployment is way too high.” He asked them to come up with “some concrete deliverables” to lower the 9% unemployment rate. Here is a concrete proposal to [...]

New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor

New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor

→  February 7, 2011

You can hear the echo chamber reverberate the talking points: •    The Independent Petroleum Association of America complains that drilling permits and pollution are curbing job growth. •    The head of the National Association of Manufacturers and the governor of Virginia write a joint article called “Proposed EPA rules could hurt job growth.” •    Presidential [...]

Proposition 23: The Real Job Killer

Proposition 23: The Real Job Killer

→  October 3, 2010

[By Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] The climate denial lobby behind Proposition 23 in California argues they’re fighting to protect jobs by overturning what they like to call California’s “Job Killing Global Warming Law.” But don’t be fooled: if passed, Proposition 23 will remove all hope of protecting California’s economy — and its workers — from [...]

California Steamin’

California Steamin’

→  June 10, 2010

“The California Jobs Initiative.”  Sounds like a good idea.  After all, California’s unemployment rate is now over twelve percent. But there’s something a little funny here.  Turns out that the main financial backers of the “California Jobs Initiative” are a bunch of oilmen from Texas.  Texas-based Valero Energy Corporation gave a cool half-million, and along with them [...]