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Green activists find new ally in US unions
AP ^ | Sun Dec 14, 12:09 pm ET | VANESSA GERA

Posted on 12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST by hattend

POZNAN, Poland – Some U.S. labor groups that have long feared environmental campaigns as a threat to American jobs are starting to see advantages in going green.

This evolution was clear at this week's U.N. climate talks in Poland, where several American labor groups and environmental activists made joint appeals for policies that would promote high-tech renewable energy as the answer to both climate change and job losses....

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....Foster said unions and green groups have waged joint lobbying efforts nationwide for laws increasing energy efficiency and promoting renewable energies, and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against companies that violate workers' rights and environmental standards.

For example, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club have endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act, a union-backed bill that would protect workers' rights to join unions. The Sierra Club has mobilized members to write to their Congress members to support the bill.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081214/ap_on_bi_ge/eu_climate_new_partners

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho2008; bhoenvironment; efca; environmental; secretballot; sierraclub; unions; watermelon
I always figured we'd go the way of Europe. I just never figured we'd let the American Way of Life go Euroweenie in only a couple of years. I figured I'd be long gone and buried.
1 posted on 12/14/2008 8:31:40 PM PST by hattend
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To: hattend

It is all about the money. The Sierra Club wants some of that union cash. Also, they have a common friend in the Dems.


2 posted on 12/14/2008 8:34:20 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

“It is all about the money.”

Great ideas get funded by private investors who want a part of the action.

Mediocre and lousy ideas (yours for example, Al) get funded by government which doesn’t want citizens to enjoy freedom.


3 posted on 12/14/2008 8:38:57 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: Rembrandt

Bingo.


4 posted on 12/14/2008 8:41:08 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: hattend
The Great Communitarian Hoax

Hear Devvy Kidd read portions of this timely book. It explains how the Marxists use the environment along with forced community activism to prepare sheeple for socialism which quickly degenerates into Marxism.
5 posted on 12/14/2008 8:41:10 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Cultural conditions, not gun laws, are the most important factors in a nation's crime rate.)
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To: hattend
...and they have teamed up for numerous court battles against companies that violate workers' rights and environmental standards.

And there is the crux - job security by taking down any company that lobby against excessive regulation by claiming any of many new statutory standards have been violated and sending enviromental feds in WHILE ignoring companies that agree to pay tribute (The Chicago Way) and letting them off scott free.

6 posted on 12/14/2008 9:31:16 PM PST by torchthemummy (Obama-Turning down an illegal offer by an unidicted crook does not deserve praise.)
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To: hattend; proud_yank; FrPR; enough_idiocy; Desdemona; rdl6989; Little Bill; IrishCatholic; ...
From the link:
The climate crisis and a new energy policy is an opportunity for our country to actually have a strategy about the environment, about manufacturing," Baugh said. "We think that by addressing the environmental crisis, we actually can have the opportunity to create good, green jobs."

The climate crisis premise has not been established.

 




Beam me to Planet Gore !

7 posted on 12/15/2008 3:15:59 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: hattend

To get the developing nations to agree to CO2 targets the developed world (mainly America) will have to transfer massive amounts of wealth and technology to the developing nations which will include the “green” jobs that Obama promised America going to the developing world. Of course these nations will not meet their targets, but we know that. The USA ends up poor and shivering in the dark.

The Unions yet again choose a path that is supported by International Socialists and against the best interest of their members.


8 posted on 12/15/2008 5:57:51 AM PST by Mike Darancette
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