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David Foster
David Foster is the Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and quality of jobs in the clean energy economy. Launched by the United Steelworkers and Sierra Club in 2006, the BlueGreen Alliance now unites 10 major U.S. labor unions and four of America's largest environmental organizations -- with more than 14 million members and supporters -- in pursuit of good jobs, a clean environment and a green economy. Visit us at

Entries by David Foster

A New Way to Celebrate This Earth Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:54 PM

Before the Environmental Protection Agency existed, before the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and long before any state had a renewable energy standard on the books, there was Earth Day. It was the precursor -- and one of the drivers -- for those efforts and...

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Putting Prosperity Within Reach

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:45 PM

During the State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "Opportunity is who we are. And the defining project of our generation must be to restore that promise." If our collective hope is for prosperity, one of the ways we can get there is by restoring the strength of the...

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One Year Later, Hurricane Sandy From Those Who Fixed It

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The Greatest Generation built America's modern infrastructure, but Americans now have a choice to make. Will we be caretakers of the hard work of past generations who built our transportation, communications, water and energy transmission systems? Or will we squander it?

It's looking more and more like the latter,...

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Shutdown Endangers All of Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:08 PM

What started in Washington, D.C. as a quixotic right-wing cause against Obamacare, now endangers all of us. The "voice of conscience", whether on the left or right has had a treasured place in the American Congress, from Senator Rand Paul's recent filibuster on the use of drones, to Minnesota Congressman...

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Back to a Healthier, Safer School

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 1:47 PM

For millions of kids, it's time to head back into the classroom. As communities everywhere prepare to send kids back to school for the year, we need to ask ourselves if these buildings are prepared to handle our kids. Would you want to send your kids somewhere that could be...

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Groundwork for Repair America Plan Found in a View From Space

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2013 | 4:18 PM

In President Obama's climate change speech this week, he harkened back to the wonder of the first humans to orbit the moon. The president quoted something astronaut Jim Lovell said from space in 1968, "It makes you realize, just what you have back there on Earth." Though very few of...

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Clean Energy, Innovation, and Infrastructure Win Western Support

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 2:22 PM

On the eve of California's landmark, first ever cap-and-trade auction, voters in three Western states were asked some key questions: Should polluters be held financially accountable for their climate pollution emissions? And if so, how should the resulting funds be spent?

The results of this new poll show...

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Why California's Union Members Should Support Proposition 39

(5) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 2:16 PM

When you boil it down, Proposition 39 is actually easy to understand. The ballot measure would simply close a tax loophole that incentivizes California companies to create jobs elsewhere. The money saved would help balance California's budget, and it would be invested in clean energy and energy efficiency projects that...

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Why Green Is Good For Labor

(22) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 9:19 PM

Over the past year, both labor and environmental protections have undergone an assault, seemingly from all angles. What were once occasional rhetorical attacks from a few have now become an onslaught of attempts to weaken any and all protections for working Americans and protections for the environment.

Now more...

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The Cost of Climate Change Is Jobs

(334) Comments | Posted December 3, 2011 | 11:24 AM

The weather in South Africa is beautiful -- warm during the day, cool and breezy at night. This is a unique and fitting place to stage the United Nations Climate Change Conference, as South Africa prepares for the impacts of climate change.

The costs of adapting to climate change are...

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We Need a Clean Energy Hiring Plan

(24) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 10:40 AM

Last week's job numbers confirmed for yet another month that in order to truly get our economy moving we need a national jobs strategy that unleashes the innovation and ingenuity of the American people to move our country forward and to get people back to work.

President Obama two weeks...

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A National Commitment to Win the Clean Energy Race

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 10:00 AM

With the arrival of Chinese President Hu this week in Washington, there can be no better time for the U.S. to make clear its unqualified commitment to winning the global race for clean energy jobs.

This is not just an international issue; it's an urgent domestic one. While the employment...

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On Road to Clean Energy Economy, America Is Stuck in Traffic

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 12:45 PM

On our drive to the clean energy future, we are stuck in traffic.

The BlueGreen Alliance continued its cross-country trip when our "The Job's Not Done" Tour Bus participated in Detroit's Labor Day parade with the United Autoworkers.

We started August 16 in Carson, California, and traveled to a total...

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On Labor Day, How We Can Give Both Workers and Our Environment a Chance

(5) Comments | Posted September 5, 2010 | 7:33 PM

This Labor Day, America is facing a dizzying array of problems, none more acute than the twin crises of how poorly we treat our workers and how appallingly we treat our planet. In case anyone believes these issues are distinct and need to be addressed separately, let's remember some of...

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Dispatches from Poznań: Change in the Weather, the United Nations in Poland

(2) Comments | Posted December 11, 2008 | 1:44 PM

Even more than the late autumn drizzle in Poznań, Poland, the rituals of 21st Century international gatherings tend to dampen the spirits of the most vigorous protesters. In her novel, The Sweetest Dream, Doris Lessing, the Nobel Prize winning author, captured the essence of this new international bureaucracy, ridiculing its...

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Dispatches from Poznań: Green Economy Provides Solutions to Climate Change and Economic Crisis

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2008 | 1:59 PM

Americans are facing a severe economic crisis. Having lost more than a million jobs in the first ten months of the year, creating jobs is the top priority for our nation.

And at the same time, government leaders throughout the world have come together this week in Poznań, Poland for...

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