By Mark Jaffe, The Colorado Sun
One of the big pushes in Colorado legislation, spurred by the labor unions, is to ensure coal plant jobs losses are addressed, most particularly in House Bill 1314, which creates a transition office in the division of employment and training that would offer benefits and help retrain displaced coal plant workers.
At a jobs and climate caucus last year, the unions came to the position that “climate change is real and needs to be addressed and we have to make sure fossil-fuel dependent workers are fairly treated in this transition,” said Dennis Dougherty, executive director of the Colorado AFL-CIO. Read more here.
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VOICES FOR 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY – ENVIRONMENT AMERICA
Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin
“Governor Tony Evers and I have a goal of moving Wisconsin to 100% clean energy by 2050. As Lieutenant Governor, my work will focus on the core principles of equity and sustainability.
One of our first priorities is implementing the Paris Agreement on a state level to combat climate change. We want to adopt policies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impact fossil fuels have on our beautiful state.
We plan to invest in renewable energy and research how climate change is disproportionately affecting our farmers, rural areas, impoverished communities and people of color—while making solutions beneficial and accessible to everyone.
Our policies will encourage businesses and communities to make smart energy choices. Wisconsin will lead the way when it comes to sustaining our Earth for future generations.”