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It's time to end oilsands shaming

Enough with the guilt trip. I’m proud to represent people who work in the oilsands. They’re proud of the jobs they do. And they should be.

As a union leader, I represent thousands of oilsands workers. These people are extremely skilled at keeping our oil plants and refineries operating. And guess what? They care just as much about the environment and global warming as the people who want to shut the industry down.

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EPA proposes replacement for Clean Power Plan

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

ACE rule seeks to undo CPP overreach

A NEW EPA rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants is generating heat of its own. Proponents, including the Boilermakers union, support the rule while opposing groups seek to kill it. Known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the proposal would replace the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) promulgated by the EPA during the Obama administration.

Reporter  V57N3

CCUS gains wider acceptance as climate change solution

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Technology breakthroughs, renewable limitations drive shift

CAPTURING AND USING carbon dioxide as a way to mitigate climate change has for decades been broadly dismissed by many climate activists, environmental groups, scientists and government officials as expensive, impractical and unnecessary.

That mindset is finally beginning to change markedly, thanks to advances in technology and the growing realization that renewables alone cannot solve the climate problem.

Reporter  V57N2

FUTURE Act promises accelerated CCUS deployment

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

New law incentivizes carbon capture, use and storage

THANKS TO BIPARTISAN action in Congress, critical technologies that can prevent human-caused carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere — or that can remove CO2 directly from the air — are more likely to be developed and widely deployed, with far-reaching implications for the climate, jobs and the economy.

Reporter  V57N1

End of federal wind industry handouts is long overdue

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Billions in tax credits have propped up renewables, enriched corporations

THE WIND INDUSTRY is finally seeing a phase-out of the federal subsidies that have kept it alive over the past several decades. Ending that corporate cronyism is long overdue.

Reporter  V56N4

L-45’s Watson addresses pipeline safety

L-45 BM-ST Danny Watson

For three years, discussion of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) has tended to focus on a small but vocal group that opposes the pipeline. I know these folks have spent hours protesting and making sure their voices have been heard. Discussion is an important part of the process, and I would like to add my comments to it.

The facts regarding this project seem to get lost in translation. As someone who has actually worked on these projects and seen the operations of existing pipelines, I have firsthand knowledge of how safe the construction and operations of these projects are.

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It’s time to replace Clean Power Plan with a sensible solution

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Boilermakers, other unions are proposing a new framework

IN SEPTEMBER, I joined with the general presidents of other unions in submitting a joint letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposing a sensible alternative to the overreaching, job-killing, industry-disrupting Clean Power Plan.

Reporter  V56N3

US must re-engage on climate change

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Paris withdrawal cedes leadership, will isolate nation

WHILE THE PARIS climate accord has its detractors — and there are legitimate concerns — turning our backs on the global movement to limit climate change and mitigate its effects is a national policy mistake that must be corrected, and soon.

Reporter  V56N2

Preserving national pension involves us all

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Trustee actions will help address fund imbalance

IN JANUARY, TRUSTEES of the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust took steps to address an emerging threat to the fund. Essentially, the problem is one of too little money going into the fund for the amount being paid out in benefits. If left uncorrected, this imbalance could, over time, trigger government intervention with potentially negative consequences for plan participants.

Reporter  V56N1

Trump energy reset must promote CCUS

Newton B. Jones, Intl. President

Coal can still play important role with right policy

IF PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump is true to his campaign promise to “unleash an energy revolution,” fossil fuels, particularly coal, could begin to see something of a revival in the United States. Such a revival would be a boost for our members in field construction, coal mining, railroads and heavy-haul truck production.

Reporter  V55N4

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