Environment and Energy

Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President
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Reporter’s Notebook: Mayor de Blasio Runs For President

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Earlier this week, I got an email from a PR person touting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s impending run for President. It included five questions he said he could answer. I decided it would be unprofessionally snarky to reply with my own answers, but now that the mayor has officially announced, here they are:…

New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!
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New Calls For A General Strike In The Face Of Coming Climate Catastrophe!

New York,, NY – Shut. It. Down. Amalgamated Transit Union VP Bruce Hamilton, this weekend, urged U.S. trade unionists to “learn from our past” and start building towards a general strike in a last ditch effort to avert climate disaster.  “What we need to understand is that climate struggle is class struggle,” Hamilton told the…

Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor
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Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Green New Deal Advocates Need More Support From Labor

New York, NY – In the fight to head-off climate catastrophe, Green New Deal advocates determined to confront the fossil fuel industry are hitting the streets, occupying the space and agitating our elected officials. But enlisting a united House of Labor in that all-out-fight remains a daunting task.  Last week, on April 30, Annika Rosenvinge…

NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling
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NYS Governor Bans Offshore Drilling

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation (S.2316 (Kaminsky)/A.2572 (Englebright)) to ban offshore drilling in New York State waters.  The legislation will bar the state from granting permits for drilling, or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the State. The ban will protect New York’s waters and coasts by making it more difficult for oil…

Shortage of Playgrounds in NYC
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Shortage of Playgrounds in NYC

New York, NY — New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has documented a severe shortage of playgrounds in New York City. Also many are substandard and unsafe. In the Comptroller’s recent report, “State of Play: A New Model for NYC Playgrounds,” there are neighborhoods in the city lacking playgrounds for children. There is a particular shortage in…

NY Senate Slates Hearings on Farm-workers Fair Labor Practices Act
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NY Senate Slates Hearings on Farm-workers Fair Labor Practices Act

Albany, N.Y.—Two state senators have scheduled three public hearings on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, a bill that would give farmworkers collective-bargaining rights, overtime pay, and at least one day a week off, and make them eligible for unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation. “It’s very important that we hear from farmers and farm workers…

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