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Keystone XL pipeline and the jobs controversy

XL backers' arguments that the project is a jobs provider are being disputed. Many, including some labor activists, feel that the pipeline issue does not need to be divisive, and that they share the same underlying interests.

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Voters cast mail ballots in the Evergreen State

Washington State voters received their mail ballots last week, their chance to vote on I-522, a statewide ballot measure that would require labeling of all genetically engineered food.

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Michigan unions join environmentalists in call for infrastructure repair

More than the climate is changing. A packed town hall meeting on climate change and infrastructure needs showed a growing level of concern and unity between labor and the environmental movement.

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Pete Seeger on Woody Guthrie, youth and the environment

"These were the original verses, which Woody had written. He sang them several different ways. The way I learned it is how he wrote it, mentioning private property."

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Green energy bill signed into law

When Governor Jerry Brown put his signature on Senate Bill 2X April 12, California became No. 1 in the nation in its commitment to renewable energy.

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Bill would make oil companies pay, but Republicans say no

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a new limited energy bill that includes no curbs on carbon emissions - but Republicans, and some Democrats, don't like this bill either.

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American-made streetcars: Portland company rebuilds lost industry

United Streetcar, a union company in Portland, Ore., and wholly owned subsidiary of Oregon Iron Works, has built the first American-made streetcar in over half a century.

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Green jobs lose out as Senate shelves energy bill

Steelworkers and environmentalists had a lot riding on the bill, but it came up against an army of oil and coal industry lobbyists and a wall of opposition from Senate Republicans.

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NAACP panel: Black community needs green future

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At the NAACP's 101st Annual Convention here, political and community leaders from across the country discussed the impact green jobs could have on communities of color.

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America's Future: We are the change, we have the power

WASHINGTON - "We are the change, we have the power," Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage told progressive leaders and activists from around the country today.

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