STATEMENT: CAP’s John Podesta Welcomes Climate Change Platform From Labor, Environmental Partners

Washington, D.C. — John Podesta, founder and director of the Center for American Progress, today welcomed the release of the “Solidarity for Climate Action” platform by the BlueGreen Alliance and its labor and environmental partners:

American families and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change, and it’s up to all of us to tackle this crisis head-on. We can have a worker-led transition to the 100 percent clean energy economy America deserves, creating millions of family-supporting and union jobs and raising wages in the process. But for far too long, politicians who oppose climate action and workers’ rights have advanced a false narrative that America’s working people will inevitably lose out if we pursue ambitious measures to prevent climate catastrophe. Today’s release of the “Solidarity for Climate Action” platform should dispense with that lie once and for all.

I applaud the BlueGreen Alliance and its labor and environmental partners for coming together to advance a unified, ambitious vision and policy agenda to achieve the science-based target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, promote equity for communities that have struggled for too long with toxic pollution, and improve the lives and livelihoods of working people everywhere.

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