Cornell University

Cornell Global Labor Institute

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Giving Energy a Green Light: The Case for Public Ownership of Utilities and Reform of Power Generation

February 8, 2011

Workshop Session II: Tuesday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Green Alliance Conference Concentration: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

U.S. power generation and the energy sector as a whole in turmoil. Deregulation and liberalization have led to destructive competition, stunted investment in clean and renewable energy, falling wages and conditions, ecological disasters, and ever rising emissions.

Meanwhile other countries—such as Germany and China—are in the midst of transforming their energy base and infrastructure in a way that's creating millions of jobs.

The workshop invites discussion on the need for bold public interventions to secure adequate levels of finance to drive clean energy technologies and renewables, transform the grid, improve pay and conditions, reduce CO2 and other dangerous GHGs, and engages communities in deciding energy options.


  • D. Michael Langford, National President, Utility Workers Union of America
  • Sean Sweeney, Director, Global Labor Institute, Cornell University
  • Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program