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Climate Change in California: The Future Has Arrived

[By Brendan Smith and Jim Young, National Education Director at the Blue Green Alliance] Climate change is not a far off threat -- the impacts are already being felt in California and they're going to get steadily worse in the coming decades. For more than a...

Coming Now to a Job Near You!

Why Climate Change Matters for California Workers [A Discussion Paper by the Labor Network for Sustainability; PDF version with footnotes is available here] California is at the forefront of driving the expansion of the clean energy economy. California's...

Proposition 23: The Real Job Killer

[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...

Ten Things Labor Is Doing Around the World to Fight Climate Change

On 10/10/10 thousands of organizations around the world will be holding a GLOBAL WORK PARTY for the "BIGGEST DAY OF PRACTICAL ACTION TO CUT CARBON THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN." The climate protection movement 350.org is especially encouraging unions and their...

The Rise of the New Power Co-Op Movement

By Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher Breakdown at Copenhagen. Climate legislation stalled. EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses threatened. Is climate protection dead? Maybe not. Climate protection has gone local. Political leaders may fiddle while the world burns, but...

Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Climate Change

As the global economy hurtles toward Great Recession II, the earth hurtles toward climate catastrophe.  Both represent the results of a neoliberal deregulation that has left humanity no means to shape our economies to serve human needs -- not even the need for...

Labor: The “Great Upheaval” Today

This month is the anniversary of a long-forgotten landmark in American history, the "Great Upheaval" of July, 1877.  It may be surprisingly relevant today. The Great Upheaval was a movement widely portrayed as a violent rebellion.  In the midst of a national...

Workers of the World – Cool It!

The meeting you probably heard about: At the end of June, leaders from the world's richest and largest countries met in Toronto, Canada.  As the global economy festered in its worst crisis since the 1930s, as poverty and unemployment tormented growing millions, as...

Nuclear Power? 8 Questions Need to be Answered

[Cross-posted with HuffingtonPost] Rising greenhouse gases. Climate change. Rising energy costs. Declining fossil fuels reserves. Now the BP disaster. With the arguments against fossil fuels continuing to pile up it's no wonder people have latched onto nuclear power...

BP: No Friend of the Oysterman

[By Brendan Smith, original posted on HuffingtonPost] With gallows humor, my fellow oystermen around the country have been passing around a Youtube clip of a 1960 educational film produced by the oil industry entitled "Lifeline to an Oyster." This reel explains how in...