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A Scenario for Climate Protection and Jobs

How can the United States actually meet the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that climate scientists say are necessary to forestall catastrophic climate change without catastrophic economic impacts on American workers? Green Growth: A U.S. Program for...

Seattle Labor Unions Join Call Saying “Shell No”

For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015 Contact:  Tom Geiger, 206-604-3421 In a strong show of support for a better future, local labor unions have signed a letter to oppose the decision by the Port of Seattle Commission to permit the Shell Oil rig to have safe harbor in...

Reversing Climate Change: What Will It Take?

[By Jeremy Brecher; Cross-Posted with New Labor Forum] On the weekend of September 21, 2014, people in 162 countries joined 2,646 events to demand global reductions in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are generating climate catastrophe. An estimated forty...

How Climate Protection Has Become Today’s Labor Solidarity

[By Jeremy Brecher; Original Published in the Nation Magazine] Under banners proclaiming “Healthy Planet & Good Jobs,” thousands of trade unionists from 75 local and national unions, highly visible in their red, blue, green, and white union uniforms, joined the...

The Paris Climate Summit and the Power of the People

[By Jeremy Brecher; cross-posted with Waging NonViolence] Since international climate negotiations began a quarter of a century ago, annual greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions have increased by 60%. As we approach yet another climate summit this November in Paris, the...

A Climate Protection Guide to Organized Labor

[By Joe Uehlein] Thousands of trade unionists and seventy-five local and national unions participated in the Peoples Climate March in New York in September -- a quantum leap from any previous labor participation in climate action. Climate protection has become a...

Connecticut Needs a New Climate Change Action Plan

While global cooperation is required to address global warming, national governments are so far failing to adopt the necessary agreements and policies. Therefore people and governments have had to take the initiative for protecting the climate by reducing greenhouse...

Connecticut’s Electric Utilities: Time to Revise the Model

[Like other states, Connecticut has an electric system based on a one-way flow of energy from a central generating stations to consumers — and this model is now obsolete. It is failing to capture new opportunities for distributed renewable energy, and it is failing to meet new problems like climate change and energy insecurity. This discussion paper examines how to revise Connecticut’s electric system to make it safe for the earth’s climate — and how to get the electric utilities to make the changes that are necessary. Here’s the full pdf of the discussion paper entitled: Connecticut’s Electric Utilities: Time to Revise the Model. Read the introduction below.]