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Sunrise Movement launches Green New Deal jobs website to celebrate future of climate-friendly work

Amid a sustained push for the inclusion of a Civilian Climate Corps in federal infrastructure legislation, the Sunrise Movement on Monday rolled out a new tool showcasing the potential for over 15 million jobs that simultaneously tackle economic inequality and the climate crisis. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams  The Green New Careers website visualizes what could be possible based on the investment […]

July 25th

Jobs in renewable energy fared better than other sectors in 2020

Employment in renewable energy and battery-related sectors was far more resilient to the shock of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an annual DOE report released Monday. Overall, one in 10 U.S. energy workers lost their jobs in 2020, with oil and gas workers hit hardest despite billions in bailouts and substantial payouts to executives. […]

July 21st

Dems agree to pursue a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill that goes big on climate

The Senate Democratic leadership agreed late Tuesday to push for a $3.5 trillion legislative package that includes substantial investments in green energy and climate action, an expansion of Medicare benefits, universal pre-K, and other priorities, funded by tax hikes on the rich and large corporations. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Speaking to reporters late Tuesday, […]

July 14th

Conservative Dan Hannan attacks clean energy job creation, accidentally argues for universal basic income

Sometimes, in their desperation to “own the libs,” conservatives accidentally make a point. The latest accidental leftist is Dan Hannan, a Washington Examiner contributor and UK Conservative Party politician who was “a founder of Vote Leave” Brexit campaign. By Climate Denier Roundup He writes about cancel culture, defends the Anglo-Saxon white supremacy caucus, warns of the dangers of diversity training, […]

Record heat and flimsy power grid across US illustrates urgent need for green infrastructure

With states across the southern and western United States facing record high temperatures weeks before the hottest months of the year, scientists and progressive lawmakers on Wednesday doubled down on calls for green infrastructure to ensure the nation is prepared for increasing levels of extreme weather on a rapidly warming planet. By Julia Conley Common Dreams For the second time in four months, state […]

June 19th

Making “Build Back Better” better: Aligning climate, jobs, and justice

At the end of March 2021, President Joe Biden laid out his $2 trillion American Jobs Plan–part of his “Build Back Better” infrastructure program–to “reimagine and rebuild a new economy.” Congress is expected to spend months debating and revising the plan. The public and many special interests will play a significant role in that process. President Biden […]

Why are the Democrats already caving? “Don’t abandon climate, care, jobs, justice”

Progressive campaigners rallied outside the White House on Monday to express frustration with President Joe Biden’s recent move to water down an infrastructure plan already seen by some as wildly inadequate amid ongoing talks with congressional Republicans. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “President Biden’s compromise with Senate Republicans warns that he is willing to break his promises to our […]

May 26th

Fossil fuel companies took $8.2 billion in job-saving bailouts—Then fired 58,000 workers anyway

Bolstering arguments against providing further public benefits to the fossil fuel industry, a BailoutWatch analysis published Friday reveals that 77 companies got a collective $8.24 billion tax bailout last year, then laid off tens of thousands of employees. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The tax benefits for major polluters resulted from two provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, […]

April 7th

Biden wants corporations to pay for his $2 trillion infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough

President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly US$2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more, including the first increase in the corporate tax rate since the 1960s. By Stephanie Leiser, University of Michigan The Conversation […]

April 4th

How does Biden’s American Jobs Plan stack up on climate and jobs?

President Biden unveiled a new $2 trillion American Jobs Plan on Wednesday, March 31, focused on infrastructure, the care economy, climate and, as the name implies, creating desperately needed good jobs. Previous U.S. COVID-19 spending stimulus packages were focused on short-term emergency response, and too much of it propped up the business-as-usual, polluting economy. By Joel Jaeger, Katrina McLaughlin, Jillian Neuberger and Carrie […]

April 4th

Biden’s American Jobs Plan is big, but THRIVE plan is bigger and bolder

When U.S. President Joe Biden headed to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to unveil the first part of his long-awaited and already hotly debated infrastructure plan, he was greeted with four billboards from grassroots advocates urging the administration to “go big” and “go bold” on economic recovery, in part by supporting the THRIVE Act. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams […]

April 1st

How to make sure Biden’s infrastructure plan can hold up to climate change – and save money

The Biden administration is proposing a massive infrastructure plan to replace the nation’s crumbling bridges, roads and other critical structures. But to make those investments pay off, the U.S. will need designs that can endure the changing climate. By Jeremy Bricker, University of Michigan The Conversation Most U.S. infrastructure is designed to stand for decades, […]

March 31st

How to fund Biden’s big green infrastructure plan? End fossil fuel subsidies.

To help fund President Joe Biden’s forthcoming $3 trillion infrastructure proposal, the White House is reportedly considering ending federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies and increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams That’s according to two Biden administration officials who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity due to the not-yet-public nature […]

March 24th