Skip to comments.Union chief: Congress controlled by 'climate change deniers'
Posted on 01/12/2012 12:29:33 PM PST by jazusamo
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that climate change deniers call the shots in Congress.
[I]t is clear that as long as Congress is effectively controlled by climate change deniers, all of us investors, companies, workers and the broader public must take action ourselves, Trumka said.
In a wide-ranging speech in New York at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions, Trumka made the case for creating jobs with the build-out of low-carbon infrastructure.
He said the collapse of global warming legislation has prompted the labor federation to seek other means to spur investments in climate-friendly technologies. The federation backed the sweeping climate bill that passed the House in 2009, but climate legislation collapsed in the Senate the following year and remains politically moribund amid GOP control of the House and the Democrats' slim Senate majority.
So a year ago, as the climate bill failed in Congress, as the jobs crisis deepened and as workers pension funds continued to suffer from microscopic fixed-income yields, the American labor movement decided we couldnt wait we had to act to help advance profitable, risk-weighted investments that would create jobs and address climate change, he said, according to prepared remarks.
The speech which cites the risk of catastrophic climate change touts efforts such as investments by the AFL-CIOs Housing Investment Trust in efficiency retrofits, and work with the Clinton Global Initiative on spurring investments in retrofits, transportation and other infrastructure.
But Trumka also urges renewed efforts to pass climate legislation, arguing capital markets arent currently addressing climate risks because it remains an externality.
Thats why investors need, for our own economic reasons, government policies to make sure that critical investments get made investments in building retrofits, in high-speed rail and the smart grid, in carbon capture and sequestration. Thats what comprehensive climate legislation is about and thats why we as nation must return to the work of passing a climate bill.
Trumka also notes concerns that tackling climate change and EPA rules to curb other pollution from coal-fired power plants will be economically harmful to regions like West Virginia and the Ohio Valley.
The truth is that in many places and not just places where coal is mined there is fear that the 'green economy' will turn into another version of the radical inequality that now haunts our society another economy that works for the 1 percent and not for the 99 percent, he states.
Trumka says the AFL-CIO wants new dialogue between workers, environmentalists, companies and investors to forge pathways to fair and politically sustainable change.
He said labor will help lead talks to discuss strategies for boosting technologies like smart power grids, building high-speed rail, retrofitting coal plants and expanding renewable power.
Trumka argues such talks must consider how to help communities thrive when coal plants and mines close, and how to create jobs for unemployed construction workers.
In particular, we need dialogue between environmentalists and workers and communities about the future of coal. About what the global labor movement calls a Just Transition to a low-carbon-emissions economy. And the AFL-CIO is ready to host that dialogue, he states.
A former coal guy applies a slap in the face to American coal...
The Union Chief is a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins.
The First Amendment bans the establishment of a state religion. As long as AGW remains a “faith-based science,” climate change deniers are being Constitutionalists.
Attention, coal miners union. Are you there? Is this guy speaking for you?
In other words, we don't care what Congress wants, we are bigger than Congress.
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I know this commie graduated from Law School, but I didn’t know that climatology and Global warming were in the curriculum.
Absolutely...Clarice Feldmon wrote a good article including that.
While there are things John L Lewis did I find fault with, I believe every act he took was based on his view of what was best for the miners. It's hard to see that could possibly be true of Cecil Roberts' endorsement of Obama. That seems very obviously to have been pushed by the former UMWA president Rich Trumka, who was then actively involved in the Obama campaign which, proved a stepping stone to his own ascendency to the AFL-CIO presidency.
Somebody 'splain to me how something that no one can afford, built where people don't want it, and ridden by next to no one will be good for anyone except the builders of it.
(correction) Congress is effectively controlled by MANMADE climate change deniers.
the Conservatives know well that climate is in a state of change and has been since the beginning of time, and will be until the end of time. It is out of our control.
I have a question:
Imagine that you asked the Global-Warming-is-Man-Made advocates what their very best evidence is that Global Warming is real, on the increase and is caused by humans.
What would their answer be?
I really don’t know. All you hear is “consensus” and some mumbling about “the UN reports”. Never any science.
Wanna learn who is emitting greenhouse gas in your area. The all benevolent EPA has a new interactive map.
In my state they list 74 power plants as the biggest offenders.