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Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement


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Making the Promises Real: Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement

Jeremy Brecher

As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it “applauded the Paris climate change agreement as “a landmark achievement in international cooperation” and called on America “to make the promises real.”


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I offer my time, my back, my legs, my mind with the trust that I will be fairly compensated for my efforts. Will I?

I'm an honest soul--how about you?


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The disruption from a transition from fossils to clean energy has largely been swept under the rug by politicians and many climate activists. Trying to minimize the effects of disruption will be expensive but should be done. We do need a blue-green coalition to have any chance of success. We cannot afford to have labor and environmentalists on opposing sides in the fight against climate change.