By Scott Steward
It was more than a coincidence that California's Attorney General announced that the State is suing the big 5 oil companies this past Saturday. Oil companies are being sued for "impairment and destruction" and for a remedy of preventing further misleading statements about the contribution of fossil fuel combustion to climate change."
Newsom timed the announcement for his appearance at the International Summit on Climate Change in New York going on this week ahead of protests. The pressure from the climate labor coalition is definitely on.
It is our own and our regions own climate justice advocates, made of youth, educators, racial justice and indigenous, immigrant, blue and white collar labor - the works - that have joined together to make a fearsome coalition locally and nationally.
The climate strikes and labor strikes coincide and are complementary as the UAW is fighting for fair wages as capital sees ICE (internal combustion engines) demise written on the wall (EV's hit price parity with ICE vehicles). Labor is finding harmony with climate action as we watch the necessary acceleration away from the fossil fuel economy (and fossil fuel electoral power).
Locally, September has been a better month for climate justice and the world is going to need our resilience because climate tragedies, like the one in Libya, and other parts of the world are unrelenting. It is very clear.... hay hay ho ho Fossil Fuel has got go! The path forward is locally made, fair wages, locally distributed, locally clothed, soil to skin, locally fed, farm to fork and locally entertained.