ready for some poetry?
Republican men do not trust science,
Half won’t get the vaccine in defiance!
It’s because they listen to Tucker,
Laura, and some wayward trucker.
Many will pay dearly for their noncompliance.
tweet of the day: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1371595847662776320
@CocaCola says they now OPPOSE the voter suppression bills in the Georgia legislature. This is a big change from 24 hours ago, which is the last time I heard from themCoca-Cola, Home Depot come out in opposition to Georgia voting restrictions https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/03/15/georgia-voting-business/
Professor Robert Pollin: Robert Pollin is Distinguished University Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is also the founder and President of PEAR (Pollin Energy and Retrofits), an Amherst, MA-based green energy company operating throughout the United States. His books include Green Growth (2014), Global Green Growth (2015) and Greening the Global Economy (2015). He has worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and numerous non-governmental organizations in several countries and in U.S. states and municipalities on various aspects of building high-employment green economies. He has also directed projects on employment creation and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa for the United Nations Dev. He was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers for 2013.”
Impacts of the Reimagine Appalachia & Clean Energy Transition Programs for West Virginia (also Ohio and Pennsylvania)
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated severe public health and economic impacts in West Virginia, as with most everywhere else in the United States. This study develops a recovery program for West Virginia that is also capable of building a durable foundation for an economically viable and ecologically sustainable longer-term transition.
In our proposed clean energy investment project, West Virginia can achieve climate stabilization goals which are in alignment with those set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2018—that is, to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent as of 2030 and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We show how these two goals can be accomplished in West Virginia through large-scale investments to dramatically raise energy efficiency standards in the state and to equally dramatically expand the supply of clean renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, small-scale hydro, wind, and low-emissions bioenergy power. We also show how this climate stabilization program for West Virginia can serve as a major new engine of job creation and economic well-being throughout the state. Scaled at about $3.6 billion per year in both private and public investments, the program will generate about 25,000 jobs per year in West Virginia. We also present investment programs for West Virginia in the areas of public infrastructure, manufacturing, land restoration and agriculture. We scaled this overall set of investments at $1.6 billion per year over 2021 – 2030, equal to about 2 percent of West Virginia’s 2019 GDP. We estimate that the full program would generate about 16,000 jobs per year in the state. Overall, the combination of investments in clean energy, manufacturing/infrastructure, and land restoration/agriculture will therefore create about 41,000 jobs in West Virginia, equal to roughly 5 percent of West Virginia’s current workforce.
The study also develops a just transition program for workers and communities that are currently dependent on West Virginia’s fossil fuel-based industries. It estimates that about 1,400 workers per year will be displaced in these industries between 2021 – 2030 while another roughly 650 will voluntarily retire each year. It is critical that all of these workers receive pension guarantees, re-employment guarantees, wage insurance, and retraining support, as needed. We estimate that generous levels of transition support for all workers will cost an average of about $140 million per year.
The study shows how all of these proposed measures can be fully financed within the framework of the Build Back Better infrastructure and clean energy investment program proposed by President Biden during his presidential campaign.
Professor John Budd-CARLSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. Professor, Department of Work and Organizations. Areas of expertise include labor relations/collective bargaining, industrial relations, and labor policy.
What Is at Stake if Unions Wield Greater Clout. Unions can have impacts beyond their members’ labor conditions — affecting wages of nonunion workers, the productivity of firms, and the income distribution.
Labor unions have been hollowed out in recent decades. The various right-to-work laws have affected the ability to organize and recruit. De-unionization increases the racial wage gap. Unions are therefore a way to mitigate this. We discuss how BLM affects unionization, and how it is affected in turn. We also discuss the potential effects of the PRO Act, and Biden's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.