Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher

Jeremy Brecher is a historian, author, and co-founder of the Labor Network for Sustainability. His book, "Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival," or free download at his personal website. His other books include: "Save the Humans? Common Preservation in Action" (2020), "Strike!" (2020), and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, "In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond" (Metropolitan/Holt).

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
New Study Reveals the Benefits of EPA Regulation for Labor
You can hear the echo chamber reverberate the talking points: • The Independent Petroleum Association of America complains that drilling permits and pollution are curbing job growth. • The head of the National Association of Manufacturers and the governor of Virginia write a joint article called “Proposed EPA rules could hurt job growth.” • Presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich calls for the abolition of the Environment Protection Agency because of its “job-killing nature.”
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Saturday, October 16, 2010
Coming Now to a Job Near You! Why Climate Change Matters for California Workers
What will be the impact of climate change on California workers if the US and other countries around the world fail to significantly reduce green house gas emissions? In other words, what happens in a "do nothing" scenario?
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Friday, October 08, 2010
Is Social Networking Useless for Social Change?
[This article is dedicated to the late Tim Costello, who taught us so much about social movements and organization.]
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Monday, October 04, 2010
Proposition 23: The Real Job Killer
The climate denial lobby behind Proposition 23 in California argues they're fighting to protect jobs by overturning what they like to call California's "Job Killing Global Warming Law." But don't be fooled: if passed, Proposition 23 will remove all hope of protecting California's economy -- and its workers -- from the worst effects of climate change.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The Rise of the New Power Co-Op Movement
Breakdown at Copenhagen. Climate legislation stalled. EPA regulation of greenhouse gasses threatened. Is climate protection dead?
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Unions call for Science-Based Reductions in Greenhouse Gasses
Over the past couple of years, the American labor movement has become an enthusiastic supporter of expanding “green jobs” that fight global warming. But policies to reduce carbon emissions scientists say are safe have been a harder pill to swallow. Now, in a significant breakthrough, three significant unions have come out for the science-based emissions targets called for by the IPCC.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
Doom and Gloom
As world leaders return from Copenhagen without an agreement that will protect the earth's atmosphere from devastating climate change, we ordinary people are forced to confront not only what we think, but also what we feel. When I was in elementary school in the early 1950s we had air raid drills. Sirens would sound and we would be instructed to "duck and cover" under our desks. There were plenty of jokes among the kids about our instructions. "In the event of nuclear attack bend over, put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass goodbye."
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Friday, December 11, 2009
We’re Number One – In Financial Damage From Climate Change
This week, just in time for the Copenhagen climate convention, the annual Global Climate Risk Index was released, telling how vulnerable each country in the world is to the costs of climate change. Guess who was number one in financial losses from climate change? The United States.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
AFL-CIO Convention: Solidarity with Van Jones?
The attack that drove "green jobs czar" Van Jones from the White House this week is an attack on labor and on workers' best hope for good jobs. If labor wants to promote green jobs, labor should embrace Van Jones - publicly, loudly, and fast - at the upcoming AFL-CIO Convention .
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Lessons from Hard Times Past
We’re all struggling with how to think -- and what to do -- in the face of the “great recession.” An initial progressive response was to advocate better regulation; then Keynesian economic stimulus; now nationalization; perhaps in the future some kind of socialism. One theme that has reverberated through periods of “hard times” in the past is the idea of “production for use.” It has appeared in the form of public works job creation; worker run enterprises; self-help mutual aid; and efforts to push the envelope on property rights tha
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