Pages tagged "media press clips"


Canton Daily Ledger - St. Louis ruling makes contracts questionable

Written by Bill Knight, Retired WIU Journalism Professor

Cross posted on Canton Daily Ledger. Read original post here

....Unless the parties come to a new agreement in stalled negotiations, the ruling means that Patriot’s health-care commitments as early as next month could be turned over to the Voluntary Employees Benefits Association, a fund that would be administered by the union. The Mine Workers say Patriot will only guarantee to pay $15 million, plus 20 cents per ton of coal mined, which the UMWA calculates will cover $5 million a year in retiree benefits. Retiree health care for Patriot’s beneficiaries costs almost $7 million a month, the union adds. 

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The Network Journal - For Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins It’s Easy Being Green

Written by Ann Brown  

Cross posted on The Network Journal. Read original post here.

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Early on Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins noticed how environmental issues affected poor regions and communities of color. In fact, she has made a career out of fighting for undeserved communities and workers. This includes improving environmental conditions. A sustainability advocate, today Ellis-Lamkins is the CEO of the anti-poverty organization Green For All

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Huffington Post - If It's Broke, Fix It: President's Economic Agenda, Paired with Action on Climate Change, Is A Winning Strategy for Building a New Economy

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

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Let's face it. The economy we have isn't working for far too many of us. The progress on unemployment has yet to make it to African-Americans, Hispanics, and youth, who still experience unemployment rates as high as twice the national average. This is especially troubling considering the rising majority we represent within the American population.

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Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder - Report estimates job growth in water treatment — Most jobs require less than a two-year degree

Written by Charles Hallman, MSR News Staff Writer

Posted on MSR Online. Read original post here.

Water is essential as both a source of energy production as well as a through treatment and distribution. According to a 2011 Green for All report, water shortages in the next five years are predicted in at least 36 U.S. states. And each year 250,000 water mains break in this country due to crumbling water infrastructure, which costs an estimated $2.6 billion dollars annually and wastes almost two trillion gallons of water. 

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BET - Commentary: A Second Chance Clando Brownlee finds redemption through recycling electronics

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on BET.com. Read original post here.

Clando Brownlee

If they’re not disposed of properly, old cell phones, TVs and computers can poison our soil, air and water. After bouncing back from a troubled youth, Clando Brownlee is on a mission to give back to his community — by making recycling electronics easier than ever.

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Huffington Post - Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers

Written by Kimberly Freeman BrownWashington Office Chief, Green For All

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

Disponible en español. Available in Spanish.

My in-laws were raised in the South where they had access to fresh produce that they grew alongside their parents. They knew what good, wholesome food was and they established healthy eating habits for their kids -- my husband and his brother -- even in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they resided for 46 years. 

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Huffington Post - Meet a New Endangered Species: The Coal Miner

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

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People are accustomed to environmentalists standing up for what's threatened -- the polar bear, forests encroached upon by development, our waterways. Rightfully so, we see the protection of our nation's land, air, and wildlife as intrinsically linked to our own survival. 

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Huffington Post - The Hidden Risk to America's Affordable Housing, and How We Can Solve It

Written by Jeremy Hays Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives, Green For All

Cross-posted on Huffington Post. Read original post here.

At a time when more and more Americans are struggling to get by, affordable housing has never been more important. It's what keeps more than one million American families sheltered in the face of unemployment and diminishing paychecks. But right now, rising utility bills are quietly creating a crisis that jeopardizes the future of housing for our most vulnerable citizens. 

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Grist - Peabody Energy: cheating workers and taxpayers to destroy our climate

Written by Joe Smyth, Grist Guest Contributor

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Peabody held its annual shareholders meeting in Gillette, Wyoming on Monday, hoping to avoid more of the massive protests the coal company has faced at its headquarters in St. Louis. Indeed, while Peabody executives tried to put a positive spin on the company’s outlook for shareholders in Wyoming, thousands of union mine workers converged in downtown St. Louis to protest against Peabody and its efforts to cheat coal miners out of the pensions they were promised. The protest took place outside a bankruptcy hearing for ‘Patriot’ Coal, the company left with those obligations to retired miners and their families after Peabody and Arch spun off many of their mines. 

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The Atlantic - What Has the Pursuit of Fossil Fuels Cost Us? And Who Has Had to Pay?

Written by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Cross-posted on The Atlantic. Read the original post here.

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Whether or not we can "run out of oil," we have to be asking bigger questions about the costs of our energy systems. In his piece, "What if we never run out of oil?" Charles Mann examines the possibility that new technologies and new sources of petroleum, like methane hydrate, could mean that we never run out of oil. The conclusion? As long as there is some kind of oil, somewhere, we will never make the transition to clean energy--and as a result, we won't be able to do anything about climate change. 

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