As workers and as residents of California, we all deserve clean air, clean water and safe energy sources. Climate change is a threat to the planet and is creating a number of immediate challenges to the state. Protecting the environment is both socially responsible and a key component of future growth for organized labor. The decisions we make now about adapting to global warming and the ways we generate energy will impact the economy, environment and infrastructure of California for decades to come.
As we resist and attempt to reverse climate change with new energy sources, we must fight to ensure that the new jobs of the green economy are union jobs. We recognize that the stability of our energy supply depends on renewable energy sources and we support efforts to move in that direction. We continue our steadfast opposition to deregulation of the energy market. We maintain our strong support for CEQA, for workers and our communities.