Workforce Policies Are Crucial to Transitioning Fossil Fuel Communities

Workforce Policies Are Crucial to Transitioning Fossil Fuel Communities

The fourth report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Resources for the Future found that very few fossil fuel power plant closures have had plans in mind for former employees, and many communities feel left behind by both old and new energy development. 

 Why This Matters: The Biden administration has announced plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, phasing out fossil fuels entirely.

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Farmworkers Face Outsized Heat Fatalities, States Must Work to Protect Their Health

Farmworkers Face Outsized Heat Fatalities, States Must Work to Protect Their Health

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Farmworkers in Florida have to work in “dangerously hot” heat for 116 days of the year, Sam Bloch reported in The Counter. These farmworkers, according to the CDC, are 20 times more likely to die from heat than other US civilians. Despite the high levels of fatalities farmworkers face […]

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Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

Farmworkers Lack Adequate Legal and Public Health Protections During Pandemic

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer As Arun Gupta and Michelle Fawcett reported last week, coronavirus is “exploding” in populations of farmworkers across America. In their report, they noted that on a single farm in Tennessee, all 200 workers tested positive for the disease while in Immokalee, Florida, results indicated that over 1,000 migrant workers […]

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Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

We’re seeing the tension increase between public health experts, the governors who are listening to their advice, and the conservative voices who keep pushing the narrative that mandates to keep people home aren’t worth the risk to the economy. This comes as White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the United […]

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Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

Green Jobs Employ 10X As Many Americans as Fossil Fuel Jobs

In the United States, the green economy generates $1.3 trillion in annual sales revenue while creating 9.5 million full-time jobs (4% of the working-age population).

However: If Democrats want to win in places that have seen worker layoffs (like Ohio) they have to start talking about these jobs that their vision of the future uniquely supports.

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ODP Labor Day Special Edition: Top Tier 2020 Dems In Their Own Words

ODP Labor Day Special Edition: Top Tier 2020 Dems In Their Own Words

Happy Labor Day #FriendsOfThePlanet! We hope that you’re taking the day off to spend some time with friends and family and are enjoying this last weekend of summer. This morning, we wanted to honor workers and their contribution to our nation and recognize how things might improve for them after the 2020 election. So we’ve pulled excerpts of the top Democratic candidates’ statements from their climate plans on labor issues and a just transition for workers.   

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