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Fossil-fuel subsidies are the real job killers

[by May Boeve and Brendan Smith; original published by Grist] How many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786. That's the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in Washington to...

Occupy May Day: Not Your Usual General Strike

[On March 24, Occupy Wall Street held a Disrupt Dirty Power action to kick off a month of climate and environmental protests leading up to Earth Day; Labor Network for Sustainability's Jeremy Brecher was the main speaker.  (WSJ Marketwatch posted a video of the street...

Occupy Climate Change

[by Jeremy Brecher; originally published by The Nation; watch a video interview of Jeremy here: Occupy Climate Change Video] Occupy Wall Street's original Declaration of the City of New York, in September, listed a litany of issues, from foreclosures and bailouts to...

Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor’s Keystone Dilemma

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher] These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16%...

24 Hours to Stop the Pipeline – Sign the Petition NOW!

The fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has reached another crucial turning point. Big Oil has teamed up with Republicans in Congress to push a bill that would strip away decision making authority from the President and allow the Senate to resurrect the...

Keystone XL opponents need a jobs program

[by Brendan Smith and Jeremy Brecher; crossposted with Grist] Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are taking a well-deserved victory lap. The Obama administration's decision to reject TransCanada's pipeline proposal "” at least for now "” represents an historic win...

Labor and Environment: Next Steps for Dialogue

[by Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith] What does the future hold for the relationship between environmentalism and organized labor? Judging from the highly-publicized controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline, America might appear to be entering a new era of conflict...

LNS Applauds Obama Administration’s Keystone Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Labor Network For Sustainability is deeply encouraged by the Obama Administration's decision to oppose the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. According to LNS Executive Director Joe Uehlein, "It's an encouraging development. Oil...

The Coming Green Wave: Ocean Farming to Fight Climate Change

[Original published in the Atlantic] For decades environmentalists have fought to save our oceans from the perils of overfishing, climate change, and pollution. All noble efforts -- but what if environmentalists have it backwards? What if the question is not how to...