Robert Pollin & Brian Callaci

Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His most recent book is Greening the Global Economy.

Brian Callaci is a UMass Amherst Ph.D. student in economics and former researcher at Change to Win.

Recent Articles

A Just Transition for U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry Workers

A combination of better jobs and pensions will remove one political obstacle to a green transition—and it’s the right thing to do.

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This article appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The American Prospect magazine. It has been corrected to more accurately reflect both pollution levels and the cost of remediation. It also has been updated to explain in more detail how a "Just Transition" to clean energy would work. Subscribe here . According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2015 was the globe’s warmest year since at least 1880, when such figures were first recorded. 2014 was the next warmest, and the hottest five years also include 2013, 2010, and 2005. Can it be any more obvious that we absolutely must stop playing Russian roulette with the global climate? The two most important things we need to do to stabilize the climate are straightforward. First, the world must dramatically cut its reliance on oil, coal, and natural gas in energy production. This is because carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions generated through burning fossil fuels, along with methane emissions released during...