I’ve been away for several weeks, so I had a wealth of excellent material to choose from for this 50th selection of online articles for green lefts and left greens.
Earth Day to May Day 2014: 10 days to change course
Join the “Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit” for an emergency Green Economic Transformation. Universal jobs, health care, education, food and housing security, economic and political democracy, demilitarization, an end to deportations, and 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.
Who bears the brunt of pollution?
When it comes to the corporate attacks on our climate and our environment, low-income communities and communities of color suffer the consequences at a much higher rate than anyone else.
Socialist Worker (US)
577 billion ways extreme weather and extreme energy are connected
Emissions need to be reduced steadily and according to a science-based time frame, which means strategic sectors like energy need to be liberated from the dictates of short-term profit-making, chronic underinvestment and neglect, and brought under democratic direction and control.
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
Coal miners and the green agenda
Cutting back on coal, oil, and natural gas production will still certainly create hardships for workers whose livelihoods depend on the fossil fuel sectors. Policy priority must be the provision of major transitional support for workers and communities facing retrenchment.
A devil’s bargain on the climate?
The new UN Green Climate Fund could, perversely, become a major source of funding for fossil fuel infrastructure.
Janet Redman and Oscar Reyes
Foreign Policy in Focus
Big Oil push for crude exports spells disaster for climate
A push by Big Oil interests to lift the decades-old U.S. ban on crude oil exports would effectively release over 4 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere
Study finds Keystone XL would have much larger impact than State Department suggests
The pipeline would be responsible for generating a whole lot more emissions than the State Department accounted for, Carbon Tracker argues, because it would be facilitating more rapid development of the tar sands, which would create its own emissions in turn.