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Green Capitalism Won’t Work

Green Capitalism Won’t Work 579693 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015579693New Labor ForumSweeney research-article2015 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(2) 12 –17 Green Capitalism Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Won’t Work sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015579693 nlf.sagepub.com Sean Sweeney Keywords austerity, capitalism, climate change, democracy, environmental For the last twenty years, unions in the United unions joined with the United Nations States and internationally have generally accepted Environment Programme (UNEP) and the the dominant discourse on climate policy, one International Labor Organization (ILO) to pro- that is grounded in assumptions that private mar- mote a “green jobs strategy” that pointed to kets will lead the “green transition,” reduce emis- employment opportunities in climate-friendly 3-5 sions, and stabilize the climate over the longer industries like renewable energy. Unions term. Indeed, unions began attending the climate emphasized the reflationary value of green negotiations convened by the United Nations in investments, hoping to turn the “green growth” the early 1990s, a time when the “triumph of the agenda into a demand-side and more explicitly market” went unchallenged and the climate debate Keynesian project. This essentially social dem- was awash with neoliberal ideas. Unions, there- ocratic version of the green economy provided http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Green Capitalism Won’t Work

New Labor Forum , Volume 24 (2): 6 – May 1, 2015

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579693 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796015579693New Labor ForumSweeney research-article2015 On the Contrary New Labor Forum 2015, Vol. 24(2) 12 –17 Green Capitalism Copyright © 2015, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Won’t Work sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1095796015579693 nlf.sagepub.com Sean Sweeney Keywords austerity, capitalism, climate change, democracy, environmental For the last twenty years, unions in the United unions joined with the United Nations States and internationally have generally accepted Environment Programme (UNEP) and the the dominant discourse on climate policy, one International Labor Organization (ILO) to pro- that is grounded in assumptions that private mar- mote a “green jobs strategy” that pointed to kets will lead the “green transition,” reduce emis- employment opportunities in climate-friendly 3-5 sions, and stabilize the climate over the longer industries like renewable energy. Unions term. Indeed, unions began attending the climate emphasized the reflationary value of green negotiations convened by the United Nations in investments, hoping to turn the “green growth” the early 1990s, a time when the “triumph of the agenda into a demand-side and more explicitly market” went unchallenged and the climate debate Keynesian project. This essentially social dem- was awash with neoliberal ideas. Unions, there- ocratic version of the green economy provided

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