This is the second entry in a series examining the relationship between environmentalists and labor unions. It was 1967. United Auto Workers executive board member Olga Madar went to Congress on behalf of her union and asked the federal government to curb air pollution by putting tighter emissions regulations on the auto industry. The testimony … Continue reading What’s Next for Blue-Green Relations?
A perfect storm of economic malaise, the sudden publicity around the Keystone XL pipeline and the Occupy Wall Street protests have dredged up pockets of lingering acrimony between the labor and environmental movements in the US. But while the media and corporate interests are quick to slap a pre-printed “jobs vs. environment” sticker on the … Continue reading A Timeline of the Labor Union – Environmental Relationship
I haven't found a site that provides more visual food for thought on the future of urban planning than the vintage photo collection at Shorpy. Just take a look at their large collection of cityscape photos from the early 20th century. How did we fall for the bait and switch that had us losing all these brilliant streetcar networks in the US? And … Continue reading The Past and Future of Planning
My mom gets lost every time she drives to my sister’s house in Sterling Heights, MI. We were running late driving there yesterday, stuck in construction traffic on Mound Rd, driving around my sister’s neighborhood trying to figure out where her street was (my parents, lifelong residents of the Detroit Metro region, haven’t considered buying a … Continue reading Where Art Thou, Sterling Heights?
If the government is going to refuse to step up to that responsibility to defend a livable future, I believe that creates a moral imperative for me and other citizens. My future, and the future of everyone I care about, is being traded for short term profits. I take that very personally. Until our leaders … Continue reading Civil Disobedience? Me?
Saga Prefecture governor Yasushi Furukawa looks way stressed. The Genkai nuclear plant is in his prefecture and its reactors were shut down for maintenance before the Fukushima disaster. NKH reports that he’s gotten mixed messaged from the national government on whether it’s safe to restart the plant and emotional letters from residents who have either … Continue reading Reflections on Talk by Annie Kammerer, NRC
Civil Eats tips us to a new exhibit at the National Archives on the role of the US government in food supply and production, "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" As Civil Eats points out, the exhibit glosses over the darker aspects of industrial agriculture and the role of corporate lobbyists in shaping our diet (flavorless example from the exhibit: "The result … Continue reading Government’s Role in the Food Supply