Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith is an oysterman and green labor activist.  He is co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability and Global Labor Strategies, and a consulting partner with the Progressive Technology Project. He has worked previously for Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) — both as campaign director and staff on the U.S. House Banking Committee — as well as a broad range of trade unions, grassroots groups and progressive politicians. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00am
Where Should the Divestors Invest?
The stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. Almost daily, new universities and foundations are committing to redirecting their endowments from companies that are destroying the planet into ones that are not. Now, on the heels of their successful...
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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 11:29am
Want To Create Jobs? Reject Keystone XL and Get To Work Fixing What's Broken
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Friday, March 22, 2013 - 7:04am
Patriot Coal Miners ask: "Who's Going to Stand for Me?"
This is a call for environmentalists and other critics of coal to come to the aid of America's miners.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 6:51am
5 Reasons Why the Keystone XL Pipeline is Bad for the Economy
The American labor movement is once again facing a most controversial issue — the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While the KXL debate has largely centered around the environmental risks, from labor’s perspective opening up the Canadian Tar Sands is often seen as an economic, not an environmental, issue.
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Friday, January 25, 2013 - 6:42am
The Flobots: Reviving the Poetry of Politics
In 2006, Neil Young told the Los Angeles Times that the silence of young songwriters during the Bush era compelled him to retake the stage as a protest singer: “I was waiting for someone to come along, some young singer eighteen-to-twenty-two years old, to write these songs and stand up. I waited a long time. Then I decided that maybe the generation that has to do this is still the ’60s generation.”
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:26am
Do the Math: Invest While We Divest
Do you want your college tuition or tax dollars invested to increase droughts, storms, forest fires, and crop failures -- and an unending series of Katrinas and Sandys? Or do you want them used to lower greenhouse gases on your campus and in your community? That is the stark choice both students and taxpayers will soon be facing.
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Friday, April 13, 2012 - 2:08am
Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Are the Real Job Killers
How many lobbyists does it take to defend billions in subsidies for one of the most profitable industries in the world? 786 . That’s the size of the army that oil and gas companies maintain in Washington to strong-arm Congress into bankrolling an industry that is cutting jobs and literally fueling the climate crisis.
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Monday, March 12, 2012 - 12:39pm
Dirty vs. Green Jobs: Labor's Keystone Dilemma
These are tough times to be a construction worker in America. While other sectors of the economy are showing signs of life, the unemployment rate in the construction industry is getting worse, not better - rising from 13% to 16% in January.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 1:07pm
Keystone XL Opponents Need a Jobs Program
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are taking a well-deserved victory lap. The Obama administration’s decision to reject TransCanada’s pipeline proposal — at least for now — represents an historic win for the environmental movement, and reveals the potency of the emerging alignment between the environmental, anti-corporate, Occupy, and other movements.
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Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:42pm
The Keystone Pipeline: Too Dirty for George W. Bush?
The Keystone XL pipeline, recently approved by the US State Department and awaiting President Obama’s declaration that it is in the “national interest,” will carry oil that is too dirty for the US government to buy — under legislation signed by George W. Bush!
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