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When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay


When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay

Carla Santos Skandier

General Electric doubled down on coal. Now, 12,000 workers are paying the price.

"Their decision to “right-size” usually comes as last minute massive lay-offs, without giving workers a chance to plan ahead." (Photo: Apollo Beach power plant in Apollo Beach, FL./ Wikimedia Commons)


This is all good news for the climate. But we also need a plan to support those employees on the front lines of the energy sector. We need to stop letting workers’ lives be collateral damage of misguided corporate decisions.

We need more than a plan to protect workers in the energy sector; we need a plan to protect workers in all sectors from misguided and outright vicious corporate decisions. Unfortunately, with this country sinking into a fascist coporatocracy on daily basis, the odds of restoring worker power is looking grim.


Among the best reasons to justify fleet conversion to EVs are their ability to serve as back-up household power supply in emergency grid failure, their suitable match to rooftop solar energy storage, this combined compatibility with regional utility grids, their means to more closely monitor and reduce household energy consumption, the choice they offer to use energy for household or for driving, whereby more trips become possible without having to drive, and alternate travel modes (mass transit, walking, bicycling) receive due investment. That’s 7 major reasons to convert to EVs that get the least consideration.

Meanwhile, self-driving car technology will 1) will not be safe, 2) will not reduce traffic congestion, 3) will not reduce travel-related costs, 4) will not reduce fuel/energy consumption nor, 5) CO2 emission sufficient to deter the impact of catastrophic climate change. This basic list of motor vehicle technology advancement can suffice but could go on at length detailing many important advantages and benefits that dispel the notion of self-driving cars ever becoming reality. I’ll finish with one seemingly contradictory point: Plug-in hybrid PHEVs have more potential to reduce fuel/energy consumption and traffic congestion than all-battery BEVs.


Why does the number of jobs matter so much, when in reality the energy product produced generates a greater amount of economic activity. Yes solar has two million jobs, but those jobs have created enough electricity to power 1% of the country. 30% of electricity is worth a lot more than the total value of two million jobs.

Now this is not to say that solar could not one day produce 30% of electricity. However, I am annoyed that media spends so much time concerned with job creation, which is a politician trick as opposed to the actual value of the energy industry. Every single job this country has requires energy to a degree. The direct number of jobs created is never going to be remotely close to the value of energy generated in this country.