President-elect Joe Biden will face myriad hurdles, many of them political, in fulfilling his campaign promise of steering the U.S. toward 100 percent clean electricity by 2035. But setting aside the challenge of getting climate legislation through a potentially divided Congress, the goal implies an additional miracle will occur — the construction of lots and lots of infrastructure, very fast.
Climate Jobs Illinois: Union Labor Ready to Get to Work Building Illinois’ Clean Energy Future, Fight Climate Change
CHICAGO — Labor coalition Climate Jobs Illinois (CJI) signaled it was ready to get its members to work building the state’s 100 percent clean energy economy with Gov. Pritzker’s signing of historic legislation today to fight climate change that includes the most robust labor standards and equity provisions in the country. The newly enacted law promises to create thousands of new union jobs and apprenticeships for Black and Latinx communities that have been disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Other Voices: New prevailing wage legislation a win for solar industry workers
By Aziz Dehkan and Heather Burns
Connecticut’s workers just scored a big win.
Gov. Ned Lamont recently signed into law the nation’s strongest labor standards for renewable energy projects, paving the way for our state to swiftly and equitably transition to a green economy powered by good union jobs.
The bill, SB 999, will ensure that Connecticut’s efforts to combat climate change will create jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and increase training opportunities for Connecticut’s marginalized residents.
Without it, there’s simply no guarantee that the growing number of green jobs in our state will be good jobs, which is why the bill earned vigorous support from a coalition of labor unions, environmentalists, community organizations, interreligious groups and students
Why Texas fossil fuel unions signed onto a climate plan
“We get these narratives that the fossil fuel unions are against climate action. I think it’s a lot more complicated than what we hear.”
By Emily Pontecorvo
If you look at state-level action on climate change in the United States, Texas might seem like an immovable elephant. It has the highest greenhouse gas footprint in the country, emitting twice as much as California, which has 10 million more people. Between oil and gas extraction, refining, and petrochemical production, the fossil fuel industry in Texas employs about 450,000 people, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and has significant political sway. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature has barely acknowledged that climate change exists, let alone passed laws that would help fight it — to the contrary, it recently passed laws to fend off attacks on fossil fuels.
‘Everyone Wants a Good Job’: The Texas Unions Fighting for a Green New Deal
By Dharna Noor
The myth that climate action kills jobs is dying. Study after study shows that serious environmental policy spurs job creation. Most recently, a July report found that meeting the Paris Agreement’s goals could create 8 million positions globally by 2050.
Organized labor still opposes some environmental policies, though, particularly building trade unions looking to protect their members’ jobs in the fossil fuel industry. The sector isn’t a great employer, with oil and gas companies slashing thousands of non-unionized workers in recent years. But by and large, jobs in coal, oil, and gas pay more than those in clean power and are more frequently unionized.
How the U.S. Government Should Enforce Prevailing Wage Standards in All of Its Spending
Congress is currently debating whether to make needed investments in public goods such as roads, clean energy, and the care economy, as well as how to ensure that this spending leads to good-paying union jobs for workers in the United States. If successful, these investments promise to help rebuild economic resiliency; boost fast-growing and critically needed sectors; and support middle-class jobs for Americans of all walks of life. Yet one important facet of this debate that often goes overlooked is how to ensure that companies receiving government funding actually comply with required job quality standards.
A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us
Some devastating impacts of global warming are now unavoidable, a major new scientific report finds. But there is still a short window to stop things from getting even worse.
Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, though there is still a short window to prevent the most harrowing future, a major new United Nations scientific report has concluded.
Labor leaders meet with Energy Sec. Granholm to discuss clean energy economy
Labor leaders from Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) participated in Building America’s Future roundtable with Secretary Jennifer Granholm to discuss building a worker-centered clean energy economy
NEW YORK—Today, labor leaders and union members from the Climate Jobs New York (CJNY) coalition met with Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm for a roundtable discussion about building a clean energy future to combat climate change while creating millions of good, union jobs.
Connecticut Passes SB 999, Climate and Community Investment Act
Tribes, youth, labor uniting behind Maine’s climate justice movement
Labor groups and environmentalists have not always seen eye-to-eye. Historically, when groups came together to stand against climate change or environmental degradation, labor unions — a reliable ally on many progressive causes — were often missing from those fights.
Climate Jobs Illinois Unveils Legislation to Put Union Labor to Work Building Illinois’ Clean Energy Future
Bill establishes new accountability, equity, and transparency standards for clean energy infrastructure projects $150M annual rate relief for low-income families
Springfield, Ill. — Labor coalition Climate Jobs Illinois (CJI) today presented its legislative proposal that would put thousands of tradespeople to work building a 100 percent clean energy economy in Illinois and provide a new pathway to the middle class to address historic—and growing—income inequality in underserved communities most impacted by climate change.
Tell Your Legislators to Vote to Pass The Climate and Community Investment Act SB-999!
As we continue our pursuit of a Zero Carbon Future, Connecticut must also pursue socioeconomic equality of our residents. By encouraging your legislators to pass SB-999, you’re advocating for:
Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for President Biden’s American Jobs Plan
According to a recent Climate Power and Date for Progress poll, a majority of all likely voters support all of the key American Jobs Plan proposals that Data for Progress tested. Among the most popular proposals in the American Jobs Plan are making roads and bridges more resilient to the impacts of climate change (87 percent support), removing and replacing all lead drinking water pipes to ensure all Americans have access to clean drinking water (85 percent), modernizing the electricity grid to improve grid efficiency and resiliency (84 percent), and expanding broadband internet access to reach all Americans (80 percent).
Climate Jobs NY Launches Carbon Free and Healthy Schools campaign
The Carbon Free and Healthy Schools campaign is an initiative led by labor unions to urge federal and local lawmakers to retrofit schools for energy efficiencies, including solar power, to create a safe, healthy, cost-effective school environment while contributing to a greener New York City. The coalition is urging the federal government, as part of its investments in infrastructure, to support this project in New York City, which calls for funding energy audits on all public schools in the city and providing low-cost, guaranteed financing for building retrofits and solar power.
FACT SHEET: The American Jobs Plan
March 31, 2021
Statement from Mike Fishman, Executive Director of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan:
Climate Jobs National Resource Center (CJNRC) applauds President Biden’s ambitious recovery plan that will invest in Americans by creating good union jobs while repairing our nation’s infrastructure and building an equitable green new economy.
Make green jobs good jobs
By JOHN HARRITY AND SAMANTHA DYNOWKSI
Big challenges require commensurate responses. Connecticut is meeting the challenge with climate policy to reduce greenhouse gases and transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy. As part of our climate policy, it is also critical that Connecticut ensure a technically advanced, sustainable labor force, and provides good jobs for workers and communities in clean and renewable energy development.
The Promise of Offshore Wind
Wind farms in 42 states provided about 7 percent of U.S. power needs in 2019, a figure that is expected to grow. But offshore wind is the exciting growth area for technology and jobs, as well as renewable energy.
The East Coast’s geography, in particular, is ideal for offshore wind energy: The ocean is shallow enough for anchored turbine towers; and because so many people live near the coast, offshore wind energy could be an easier way to bring an energy source closer to where demand is greatest.
Group Statement Supporting Public Service Commission’s Approval of South Fork Wind Cable Landing
“We commend the PSC and its staff, local and state elected officials, the multiple state agencies that were a part of this process, and all of the experts, advocates, and community leaders whose efforts over the past two years brought us together and made today’s milestone possible. We look forward to the final steps in the process and seeing South Fork Wind emerge as a shining example of a collaborative and community-driven approach to clean energy development.”
State Approves Offshore Wind Farm Landing Plan
In a major step forward for the proposed South Fork Wind farm, the New York State Public Service Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to issue a conditional Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need, a requirement in order for the project to move ahead.
The review covered approximately 3.5 miles of the installation’s export cable from the state territorial waters boundary to the south shore of the Town of East Hampton, and approximately 4.1 miles of the cable on an underground path to a Long Island Power Authority substation in East Hampton.
Representatives Rice, Pascrell Lead NY and NJ Delegations Letter Calling for Federal Action on Offshore Wind Development
The group of lawmakers is urging the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to issue long-overdue wind development area designations in the New York Bight and to hold new lease
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Kathleen Rice (NY-04) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09) sent a bipartisan letter today with members of the New York and New Jersey congressional delegations to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a federal agency within the Department of the Interior, requesting that the agency designate final Wind Energy Areas in the New York Bight and hold new lease auctions for potential developers.
Today, Equinor was selected to provide New York State with offshore wind power in one of the largest renewable energy procurements in the U.S. to date.
As part of the award by NYSERDA, the companies will partner with the State to transform two venerable New York ports – the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) and the Port of Albany – into large-scale offshore wind working industrial facilities that position New York to become an offshore wind industry hub.
How Biden Can Ensure Every Federal Agency Is Fighting Climate Change
President-elect Joe Biden has an unprecedented opportunity to walk the U.S.—and perhaps the world—back from the brink on climate change. After four years of harmful deregulation, his work is cut out for him.
But to truly address climate change will require more than simply repealing President Donald Trump’s rollbacks and maybe strengthening a few rules on power plant emissions before calling it a day.
Sen. Schumer Calls for Offshore Wind Turbine Assembly Site to be Built in Brooklyn
From OEdigital.com: U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Monday joined Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, calling for a creation of a local offshore wind turbine assembly center at Sunset Park, Brooklyn, New York, and calling for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding.
According to a statement released by the Senator’s office, the assembly site would position New York to play a significant role in the offshore wind supply chain, “which could create thousands of jobs across the state.”
Lara Skinner named to Just Transition Working Group
Lara Skinner, executive director of The Worker Institute at the Cornell University ILR School and Board Member of CJNRC has been named to the Just Transition Working Group.
NYSERDA: The “Just Transition” Working Group will help to ensure an equitable transition for New York’s workforce toward the State’s renewable energy future and will develop a forward-looking jobs report, identify workforce training needs, and assess opportunities to put former power plant sites to productive use.
North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and ØRSTED signed landmark MOU for U.S. offshore wind workforce transition
November 18, 2020 – Ørsted, the global leader in offshore wind development, announced today a landmark initiative with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the labor organization representing more than 3 million skilled craft professionals. The partnership will create a national agreement designed to transition U.S. union construction workers into the offshore wind industry in collaboration with the leadership of the 14 U.S. NABTU affiliates and the AFL-CIO.
How State and Local Governments Can Make Climate Jobs Good Jobs
Tackling climate change will require state and local action alongside federal policy change. State and local policymakers can ensure that good jobs are created in the new clean economy by focusing on five proven job-quality strategies.
Fact Sheet: How State and Local Governments Can Make Climate Jobs Good Jobs
1. Promote good relationships between workers and employers
2. Protect existing compensation standards with prevailing wage requirements
3. Use workers’ boards to promote high standards
4. Expand access to apprenticeships and other training provided by joint labormanagement partnerships
5. Ensure compliance with workplace laws
Powering Chicago Member Joins Climate Jobs Illinois Coalition
November 18, 2020
Powering Chicago, the voice of Chicago’s unionized electrical industry, announced today that member Bob Hattier has been appointed to Climate Jobs Illinois, a coalition of labor organizations advocating for a pro-worker, pro-climate agenda in Illinois.
A state affiliate of the Climate Jobs National Resource Center, Climate Jobs Illinois is independent of energy developers and utilities and is united around a shared goal of combating climate change while reversing income inequality.
Accelerates pivot to invest in clean energy and combat climate change
Company to break ground on nearly 1,000 megawatts of renewables and storage; announces planned retirement of entire Midwest coal fleet, provides financial update, raises 2020 financial guidance, and announces long-term capital allocation plan from continued strong financial outlook.
GE Dumps Coal Power and Pivots to Wind
Last Monday, GE said that it plans to stop building new coal power equipment. The decision didn’t come as a surprise. Coal is going out of favor rapidly in many countries due to its status as one of the dirtiest fuels, along with falling costs for cleaner sources of energy like natural gas, wind, and solar.
Virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit set for Sept. 22
Registration is open for the virtual Climate Jobs and Just Transition Summit, on 9/22.
Convening during Climate Week NYC, the summit will bring together labor leaders, union climate activists, environmental and environmental justice advocates, clean-energy developers, policymakers, and scientists who want to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow with strong union jobs.
U.S. Treasury revenue from offshore wind could reach $1.7 billion by 2022, study shows
The U.S. has an opportunity to accelerate offshore wind energy growth and benefit from 28 new gigawatts of clean energy and $1.7 billion in U.S. Treasury revenue by 2022, a new study released today from the research group Wood Mackenzie finds.
Citi, Bank of America join Morgan Stanley in carbon-disclosure group
Bank of America and Citi have joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), a consortium that intends to standardize the way banks measure and reduce their climate impact, the banks announced separately Wednesday.
What’s the Connection between COVID-19 and Climate Change? Inequality
By Lara Skinner, Executive Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell and Chair of the institute’s Labor Leading on Climate Initiative.
Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States
Future risks from climate change depend primarily on decisions made today. The integration of climate risk into decision-making and the implementation of adaptation activities have significantly increased since the Third National Climate Assessment in 2014.
The world’s leading voice on climate science, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), explains that the worst impacts of climate change could be avoided if we successfully limit global warming to under 1.5ºC to 2ºC.