New Deal Infrastructure: The Works Progress Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of Colorado’s treasured landmarks

The height of CCC enrollment was reached in the summer of 1935 with over half a million men scattered across two 2,600 camps. Each of these camps typically housed about 200 men. Most of the recruits were assigned to the Department of Agriculture, where they were primarily engaged in protecting and enhancing forests under the direction of the US Forest Service. …

Economic Justice: 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money

NPR MarketWatch June 17, 2019 10 ways that doing the right thing would save us money By SARAH ANDERSONThe Deficit Hawks versus the Big Spenders. That’s how the media typically portrays budget battles in Washington. We seldom hear about how government action to tackle our country’s most urgent social and environmental problems can actually save money. In a new report, the Institute …

Green New Deal – Architecture Involvement

The Green New Deal will also give most architects and designers their first experience with being in a union as they are pulled into the public sector, building deep class consciousness among a new generation of professionals and forging bonds of solidarity among them—so different from the competitive ethos that currently plagues our profession—and with workers in other fields. There’s …

New Jersey’s decarbonization plan

Excerpt from Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, June 2019 A draft of the state’s plan (the final version is due in September), New Jersey will deploy 600 MW of energy storage by 2021 and proposes to have 330,000 light-duty electric vehicles on its road by 2025. It is also targeting 3.5 GW of offshore wind and 2 GW of energy storage capacity …

Over 150 Community-Led Town Halls to Shape Canadian Green New Deal

Excerpt from Inside Canada’s Green New Deal, June 6, 2019  Unifor has stressed that retraining and buy-outs for workers affected by the shift off fossil fuels aren’t enough. “People want to be productive, they want to be in the workforce,” Bondy said. One aspect of a genuine “just transition” could be paying for workers to clean up and decommission oilsands …

Study finds substantial warming in atmospheric rivers. Also beliefs about climate change in the aftermath of extreme flooding

Justin Gillis, the former NYT environment reporter, has written an opinion piece for the paper noting that the six US states where policies have been adopted requiring the elimination of CO2 emissions from power grids happen to be ones where the Democrats have taken full control of state government: “I think the trend holds important lessons for the Democratic Party. …

Five legal principles for the Green New Deal

The goal of Congress must be to “achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” and proposes to accomplish this through a 10-year process that would include “meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources,” upgrading all buildings for energy efficiency, and the widespread electrification of vehicles and heating systems. It also calls …

What it takes to bring labor on board the GND

Vox excerpt, Umair Narfain, May 22, 2019The key questions to answer are why some labor groups are opposed to the Green New Deal, and what it would take to bring them on board. The state-level decarbonization bills could prove instructive.The Green New Deal was written with labor in mindThe Green New Deal resolution proposed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and …

What Labor Wants in Colorado, for a Green New Deal

This project was commissioned by the Colorado AFL-CIO and supported financially by these organizations: Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers (CSCEW); United Association (UA) Local 208; Colorado AFL-CIO; Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council; Boilermakers Local 101; SMART-Transportation Division; Service Employees Industrial Union (SEIU) Local 105 (SEIU one of the largest unions in the country with more than 2 million …

AFL-CIO and 160 local labor unions back Maine’s Green New Deal: “It’s basically an economic and job growth strategy for Maine.”

Climate Progress, by Kyla Mandel, April 16, 2019 400 STUDENTS FROM KING MIDDLE SCHOOL GATHER AT PORTLAND CITY HALL PLAZA IN MAINE AFTER THEY MARCHED FROM THE SCHOOL TO PROMOTE CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS. (CREDIT: BY GORDON CHIBROSKI/PORTLAND PRESS HERALD VIA GETTY IMAGES) The Maine American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which represents over 160 local labor unions …