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By Ben Jealous
Sierra Club 

The Clean Energy Transition Must Be a Just Transition


October 5, 2023

Ben Jealous at Kemeny Center during his last visit to Detroit along with members of the Michigan Sierra Club, Just Transition Team, Original Citizens of Southwest Detroit and the Michigan Secretary of State Office

When General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford – the "Big Three" American automakers – were close to extinction 15 years ago, their workers and the American people stepped in to save them. The United Auto Workers (UAW) gave back wages and benefits they had every right to get under a contract they had negotiated just a year before.

Now, rather than being paid back, union workers face getting left out of the future of the car business. And the rest of the country is being told we have Hobson's choice when it comes to electric vehicles – we can have them, but only at a cost to our neighbors wh...

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