To avoid the energy catastrophe and reverse the huge loss in living standards already under way, we need to take over the fossil fuel companies and phase out their production with increased investment in renewables, to reduce fuel prices for households and small businesses.
Norman Rogers, an employee of a southern California refinery and second vice president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675, discusses how unions must engage in climate change policy decisions to protect the planet and leave no worker behind.
Texas brought this crisis on themselves by insisting on operating their own power grid that doesn’t connect with others; by failing to do anything to make the grid more resilient; by creating a political system that is controlled by power and money.
Some 4 million Texans are without heat, 12 million are facing water problems, and hundreds are victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. But, the leadership of Texas, a state captured by the fossil fuel industry, has no plans for future extreme events.
Overwhelming odds, unexpected alliances and tough losses — defeating Keystone XL built a bolder, savvier climate movement. From frontline battles to large national mobilizations, tar sands resistance developed new tactics and organizing strategies.
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