Climate Strikes

Should We Remain Silent About Climate Change?

by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher To talk of climate change or not to talk of climate change -- that is the question. For the last several years many of the biggest players in the climate movement have argued that to save the planet we need to purge the words...

Obama Needs a Just Transition Taskforce

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"...

New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor

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...

The Durban Challenge

How Unions Can Help Secure a Binding Global Climate Agreement in 2011 By Sean Sweeney [Editor's Note: The international trade union movement has given little-heralded but significant support for a deal that protects the earth's climate while providing a "just...

Climate Protection Strategy: Beyond Business-­as-­Usual

[With the defeat of US climate legislation, the stalling of international climate negotiations, and the rise of tea party climate denialism, is climate protection doomed?  LNS's discussion paper, "Climate Protection Strategy: Beyond Business-as-Usual," presents a...

A Labor Guide to Renewable Energy Standards

In all the jargon-laden field of sustainability and climate change, some of the most common but most unnecessarily obscure terms are "Renewable Energy Standards" (RES), also known as "Renewable Electricity Standards" (RES) and "Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)."...

Fighting Doom: The New Politics of Climate Change

[by Brendan Smith; Cross-Posted with HuffingtonPost.com] I am not an environmentalist. But all I think about these days is the climate crisis. I admit I have arrived late to the party. Only recently have I begun to realize what others have known for decades: The...

Backgrounder on Labor, Climate, and the EPA

[by the Labor Network for Sustainability; a footnoted version is available here.] With the collapse of climate protection legislation in Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency is stepping in to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate...