Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Band of Green Brothers

202px-afl-cio1 And Sisters, too, of course. Darn that Shakespeare.

During AFL-CIO Convention proceedings yesterday in Pittsburgh, delegates adopted Resolution 10, entitled “Creating and Retaining Sustainable Good Green Jobs.”  An excerpt from this resolution reads:

In addition to coal plants with CO2 capture, new nuclear generation also will be a necessary component of our electrical energy portfolio. Nuclear power is the only existing base-load generation technology that does not produce CO2 emissions. Using green technology, deploying advanced coal technology, modernizing the electric grid and building a new generation of nuclear power plants can create substantial long-term employment in manufacturing and construction if we make certain that the domestic U.S. supply chain produces the wire, steel, pipes and nuclear vessels that will be needed.

Note that nuclear and coal are not really defined as “green,” but that’s okay. The AFL-CIO recognizes nuclear energy’s role in carbon reduction and job creation – and who better to recognize it than these folks – so we’ll take it.

You can read all of Resolution 10 here (small pdf). Search the AFL-CIO site for the other resolutions.

2 comments:

Bryan Kelly said...

New nuclear construction is something the AFL-CIO may want to actively support in a way that is more meaningful.

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DocForesight said...

You'd think the AFL-CIO would be strongly in favor of new nuclear plant builds due to the jobs created and with ongoing maintenance of the plant.

As opposed to wind turbine and solar plants, which create some jobs, too, but also demand back-up carbon-based generators - and the attendant increase in electricity costs.

In a way, you'd think the AFL-CIO would be a natural opponent to the Greens.