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The Labor Leading on Climate Initiative advances knowledge, policies, and practices to enhance the role of labor and working people in addressing the environmental and climate crises.

Skinner speaks on Energy Policy Now Podcast

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On March 10th, Lara Skinner, Director of the Labor Leading on Climate Initiative at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations spoke with Andy Stone for Energy Policy Now, the Kleinman Center’s podcast series for an episode titled, "Organized Labor Sees Promise in Transition to Clean Energy."

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Dramatic changes are underway in the ways that the United States produces and consumes energy, with major implications for the country’s workforce. Along the Atlantic shore, states are racing to establish large offshore wind farms and manufacturing supply chains to support them. Automakers in the middle of the country have committed to shifting production to electric vehicles and the federal government is supporting a nationwide EV charging network.

Opportunities will continue to grow in clean energy manufacturing, infrastructure, and services. A central challenge that lies ahead is to ensure that these new jobs provide secure, living wages to support families and communities as they propel the energy transition.

Guest Lara Skinner is Director of the Labor Leading on Climate Initiative at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, which works with labor unions to actively engage in decision-making around clean energy and climate policy. She discusses efforts to ensure that new jobs in the clean energy economy address both economic inequality and the need to rapidly decarbonize.

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