Environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article featured on The Hill titled, “Environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America.” The article discusses communities with economies that in some way depend on fossil fuels, such as coal country. These communities feel that they carry the unfair burden of “rescuing the polar bear from the melting of the Arctic.” Dolšak and Prakash think environmentalists need to reconnect with blue-collar America. Movements such as  the blue-green alliance, which focuses on jobs in the renewable energy sector, is an excellent start. But Dolšak and Prakash feel the movement needs to do more. It should champion plans to help communities dependent on fossil fuel jobs make a transition to a low-carbon economy.