June 12, 2006
The Blue/Green Alliance
Link: NY Times<>
Political organizing in the US may be catching up with the rest of the world: the Steelworkers and the Sierra Club are going to tackle global warming together in what they call the Blue/Green Alliance.>
The Alliance supports stronger environmental and worker protections in trade agreements and ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. The Blue/Green Alliance will also advocate for higher fuel efficiency standards to combat global warming and air pollution, and to benefit American automobile manufacturers. "The companies that embrace the soundest environmental principles, that move to alternative and renewable forms of energy, those will be the companies that survive," said David Foster, the executive director of the alliance and the steelworkers' regional director for the Northwest. The Sierra Club and the steelworkers support a proposal, known as the Apollo Project, that aims to spur the economy and create jobs by investing $300 billion to create more energy-efficient office buildings, manufacturing techniques and modes of transportation.
Now if they can just get the Teamsters and autoworkers on board!
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This is great news! I saw "An Inconvenient Truth" last Friday and was shocked by the fact that in spite of the concrete evidence that shows the frightening effects of global warming, hardly anyone seems to be doing anything to help solve the problem. It's wonderful to hear that an alliance that will work toward necessary actions like "energy-efficient buildings, manufacturing techniques and modes of transportation". About time! I just hope that more people will jump on this Earth saving bandwagon soon!
Posted by: Lena HB | Jun 12, 2006 7:57:42 PM