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A comment to the article pointed out that it wasn’t actually the AFL-CIO that came out against the GND, but a committee representing only 11 of the 55 unions that make up the AFL-CIO


The AFL-CIO, the national arm for U.S. labor unions, offered a critical assessment of the Green New Deal, warning that the ambitious plan to combat climate change could adversely affect U.S. workers.

In a letter last week to Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the lawmakers who introduced a resolution last month detailing the key components of their plan, members of the AFL-CIO’s Energy Committee said it could not support a proposal that did not address their concerns.

“We will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered,” wrote Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, and Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

In their letter to Markey and Ocasio-Cortez, Roberts and Stephenson called the Green New Deal “not achievable or realistic.” They urged the lawmakers to include labor in conversations related to climate change, but they said such work shouldn’t impinge on other priorities such as infrastructure.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) tweeted the letter and added, “I agree with the AFL-CIO.”

Markey fired back on Twitter: “We will continue to work and partner w/ @AFLCIO, who is right to say that ‘doing nothing is not an option.’ But until Republicans say that climate change is real, caused by humans, and demands action now, the only people they are in agreement with are Big Oil and the Koch brothers.”


We have to keep working in the jobs we have, even if it means our grandchildren yet a miserable life.


Actually, a pretty good article


Surely, he must be here somewhere.

We’ve traveled to deepest Brooklyn by bus, rail, and ride-hailing services, subsisting on complimentary water and mints, all in hope of glimpsing a curious species that has been in hibernation for nearly three years.

If our calculations are correct, he will be just rising from his slumber — checking his Twitter feed and preparing to unleash a primal scream heralding his own return and that of his muse, Bernard Sanders, the 77-year-old junior senator from Vermont who is kicking off the sequel to his 2016 presidential campaign on this very day

Let us pause to consider the possibility that our mission was doomed from the start.

Even before the first Democratic primary, there were questions about the veracity of the Bernie Bro. Was he real, or just a trope pumped up by Hillary Clinton backers to malign their opponent?

By then it almost didn’t matter. Like Bigfoot, the Bernie Bro loomed large in the public imagination. Except really he was more like a werewolf: a creature into which otherwise benign young men of the left were said to transform under a full moon — or in the glow of a computer screen. And because the Bernie Bro was an amalgamation of real traits, everyone seemed to know exactly who he was, even if they didn’t actually know him.


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