At Monday’s Good Jobs Green Jobs conference, Sen. Elizabeth Warren deftly melded her case for building a stronger middle class with her call to avert a climate crisis, saying “both problems grow from the same roots and they both share a similar solution”: tougher regulations, fairer taxation and robust investment in job-creating infrastructure. Warren’s keynote was just the latest example at how the false choice between jobs and the environment is no longer causing serious divisions.
The next step forward will be taken at the Populism2015 conference beginning Saturday in Washington. The conference is subtitled, “Building a Movement for People and the Planet,” precisely because you cannot save the middle class without saving the environment at the same time.
As I reported earlier, one of the conference high points will be the addresses from Vien Truong of the Greenlining Institute, who has won billions of dollars in state and local funds to invest in green jobs in disadvantaged communities. This is the sort of innovative policy that can ensure that carbon-cutting policies provide maximum benefit to those seeking a firmer foothold in the middle class.
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