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VOICES: Making climate protection worker-friendly

July 2, 2010 - By Joe Uehlein, Labor Notes"There are no jobs on a dead planet." That's how one union leader answered those who say that unions should be concerned only about jobs, and leave the planet to someone else to take care of. Many unions and both labor federations hailed Barack Obama's bold talk about solving America's jobs crisis by putting millions of people to work in "green jobs" that would solve the climate crisis by

VOICES: Federalize BP

June 2, 2010 - By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers DigestPresident Obama's declaration that the federal government is in charge of the response to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is apparently meant to deflect Katrina comparisons and show that his administration is fully engaged. With that P.R. mission accomplished, Obama now needs to turn to the question of what to do about BP.