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Union chief: Congress controlled by 'climate change deniers'
The Hill ^ | January 12, 2012 | Ben Geman

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 couldn’t 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-CIO’s 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 aren’t currently addressing climate risks because it remains an “externality.”

He states:

That’s 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. That’s what comprehensive climate legislation is about — and that’s 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.



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Trumka is little more than a common criminal, the AFL-CIO is controlled by a thug.
1 posted on 01/12/2012 12:29:43 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

A former coal guy applies a slap in the face to American coal...


2 posted on 01/12/2012 12:31:09 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping!


3 posted on 01/12/2012 12:31:45 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Union chief: Congress controlled by 'climate change deniers'

The Union Chief is a Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins.

So there.

4 posted on 01/12/2012 12:32:03 PM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: jazusamo

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.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 12:34:59 PM PST by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: jazusamo

Attention, coal miners union. Are you there? Is this guy speaking for you?


6 posted on 01/12/2012 12:35:33 PM PST by Londo Molari
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To: jazusamo
as long as Congress is effectively controlled by climate change deniers, all of us [ ] must take action ourselves,

In other words, we don't care what Congress wants, we are bigger than Congress.

7 posted on 01/12/2012 12:35:58 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: jazusamo
This fellating pos is a communist herpes blister.

LLS

8 posted on 01/12/2012 12:36:34 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ( MOOchelle obama is PISSED OFF that people say that she is an angry woman!)
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9 posted on 01/12/2012 12:39:07 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: All

Well, good.....


10 posted on 01/12/2012 12:39:07 PM PST by Maverick68
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To: jazusamo
Well little Dickie Trumka should invest all the AFL-CIO pension funds in Green Energy, and zero emission vehicles to make the union members love him all the more.
11 posted on 01/12/2012 12:41:27 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: jazusamo

I know this commie graduated from Law School, but I didn’t know that climatology and Global warming were in the curriculum.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 12:42:46 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; All
A former coal guy applies a slap in the face to American coal...

Absolutely...Clarice Feldmon wrote a good article including that.

excerpt:

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.

How To Win Power by Selling Out Your Own Union

13 posted on 01/12/2012 12:43:42 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo


14 posted on 01/12/2012 12:44:04 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: jazusamo
in high-speed rail

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.

15 posted on 01/12/2012 12:44:45 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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16 posted on 01/12/2012 12:48:39 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
“...Congress is effectively controlled by climate change deniers..”

(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.

17 posted on 01/12/2012 1:03:06 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: jazusamo

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.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 1:04:04 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: jazusamo

Wanna learn who is emitting greenhouse gas in your area. The all benevolent EPA has a new interactive map.

http://ghgdata.epa.gov/ghgp/main.do

In my state they list 74 power plants as the biggest offenders.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 1:04:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: jazusamo

My tagline....


20 posted on 01/12/2012 1:08:17 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: jazusamo; ApplegateRanch; Berlin_Freeper; SolitaryMan; golux; SteamShovel; Bockscar; Thunder90; ...
Thanx for the ping jazusamo !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

21 posted on 01/12/2012 1:12:48 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: InterceptPoint

I really don’t know either.

I know there are supposed climate “scientists” that say it’s man made but I’m sure that those “scientists” come from the enviro-nazi type people prevalent in all forms of the enviro nutjob movement.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 1:13:39 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks for that link. The EPA is working overtime to see just how many people they can put out of work, they have be eliminated and soon.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 1:17:21 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

That’s good, very good and true!


24 posted on 01/12/2012 1:18:54 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Me “ Unions controlled by communist scum”.


25 posted on 01/12/2012 1:19:27 PM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: jazusamo

“[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.)

This may be hard for you to understand assclown, but those in Congress were ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE to represent us. YOU WERE NOT.................


26 posted on 01/12/2012 1:21:09 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: jazusamo

Maybe Trumka should go ‘splain it to the 25,000 unemployed union members who would have jobs on the Keystone Pipeline if not for his buddy Obama and the Warm Mongers.


27 posted on 01/12/2012 1:37:17 PM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: jazusamo

The big offenders appear to be energy, metals, and food. Guess we’ll just have to learn to get by without those things.


28 posted on 01/12/2012 1:47:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: jazusamo

The left is, for the most part, an alliance between power-mad charlatans and good-hearted folk who are clueless about the way the world (esp. economics) works. In some cases one gets power-mad charlatans who are clueless about the way the world works. It seems Trumka falls into this last category.


29 posted on 01/12/2012 2:01:50 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: elpadre

Ah, you still speak English. Trumka speaks Newspeak.

In Newspeak, the phrase “climate change” can have the same denotation as the English phrases “global warming”, “anthropogenic global warming”, “climate change” or “anthropogenic climate change” as suits The Party at any given moment.


30 posted on 01/12/2012 2:04:39 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: jazusamo

If Dick “Mumbles” Trumka is a strong proponent of “global warming” theory, then you KNOW it’s a scam and a shakedown.


31 posted on 01/12/2012 2:13:23 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: jazusamo
He said the collapse of global warming legislation...

*That* is the key statement. It's not about real or imagined global warming, it's about the legislation that fills the coffers of union thugs and other sundry scum. Actually, I'm surprised he went on the record with that statement. A lapse of judgement in the 'heat' of the moment, perhaps...

32 posted on 01/12/2012 2:30:53 PM PST by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: jazusamo
Trumpka

33 posted on 01/12/2012 2:37:51 PM PST by y6162
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To: y6162

Wow...There actually is a resemblance in looks and deeds.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 2:42:54 PM PST by jazusamo (If you don't like growing older, don't worry. You may not be growing older much longer: T. Sowell)
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To: InterceptPoint
Imagine that you asked the Global-Warming-is-Man-Made advocates what their very best evidence is that Global Warming is real, and 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.

I like to ask them how their science can completely rule out solar activity as a cause of intermittent warming. I concede that CO2 is a greenhouse gas but without an impermeable ceiling, and with the presence of salt-water oceans that absorb CO2, how is it that the earth is a greenhouse?

35 posted on 01/13/2012 5:07:43 AM PST by wayoverontheright
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