Trade unions are not happy with the Green New Deal calling it “not achievable or realistic,” said AFL-CIO energy committee heads Cecil Roberts and Lonnie Stephenson. “We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families,” they wrote. The Green New Deal would seek to abolish the use of all carbon-based energy (coal, gas) within 10 years.
“We welcome the call for labor rights and dialogue with labor, but the Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy,” the letter, signed by 10 national labor unions on the AFL-CIO’s energy committee, says.
“We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families,” the letter says. “We will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered.”
The Green New Deal calls for an end to fossil fuel use and heavy investment in renewable energy technology such as wind and solar. Meeting the resolution’s goals would require a massive restructuring of the American economy.