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Climate protection can learn from the AIDS movement

Oct 21, 2013 by

LNS’s Jeremy Brecher and AIDS policy expert Kevin Fisher maintain in a new commentary in NATURE CLIMATE CHANGE that governments have ceased any serious individual or collective effort for climate protection. Yet there is no vehicle or venue to draw together scientists combatting climate change with...

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Civil Disobedience as Law Enforcement

Oct 21, 2013 by

  [by Jeremy Brecher; cross-posted with Waging Nonviolence] Two years ago I was among more than a thousand people who committed civil disobedience at the White House to oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then many more have been arrested around the country, often blocking the actual...

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A Second Ecological Revolution?

Oct 21, 2013 by

[by Jeremy Brecher] The summer of 1988 was long and hot.  One scorching day I casually said to a deliveryman, “Awfully hot.”  He responded, “I talk with old-timers who can’t remember anything like it in 60, 70 years.”  He continued, “It’s probably this ‘greenhouse effect.’  If you...

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What does 400 PPM Mean for American Labor?

Oct 21, 2013 by

[By Joe Uehlein and Jeremy Brecher] In 1940, as Nazi armies marched across Europe, United Automobile Workers Union (UAW) president Walter Reuther made a stunning proposal: Retool the Depression-ravaged auto industry to build 500 planes a year for national defense.  Many scoffed.  But a huge wartime...

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Why Labor Should Back Gina McCarthy for EPA Administrat...

Oct 21, 2013 by

[By Jeremy Brecher, Labor Network for Sustainability] American workers need jobs.  They also need protection from chemicals and pollutants that threaten their lives, health, environment, climate, and future.  Gina McCarthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection...

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Five Ways to Bridge the Jobs vs. Environment Gap

Oct 21, 2013 by

[by Jeremy Brecher] It happens over and over again.  A company proposes some big project, environmentalists oppose it, but unions say it will create jobs.  Or a government agency proposes new regulations, environmentalists say it will halt pollution, but unions say it will destroy jobs.  The result...

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