INTERVIEW-Unions favour deep CO2 cuts and green jobs

I’m not so sure I buy into this. From the things I’ve read, CO2 cuts have harmed the economies of several European countries. I’m not sure what was done to get the unions to sign on with this; apparently promises have been made to get them to agree to cut the atmospheric levels of the gas that plants need to live.

From AlterNet.org:

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent  

OSLO, Aug 18 (Reuters) – Trade unions are supporting deep cuts in greenhouse gases as part of a planned U.N. climate pact and want to ensure jobs are preserved in a shift to a green economy, a leader of a global labour group said on Tuesday.

 More jobs could be created than are lost if governments are serious about promoting a switch from fossil fuels to a low-carbon economy, said Guy Ryder, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

 “We are aboard. It’s a fragile consensus but it is there,” Ryder told Reuters of an ITUC endorsement in 2008 of cuts in greenhouse emissions as part of a planned treaty to help avert rising sea levels, more heatwaves, droughts and floods.

 The Brussels-based ITUC, which says it represents 168 million workers in 155 countries, wants the new U.N. pact due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December to ensure a “just transition” for workers to a greener economy. By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

 

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http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LI243192.htm

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