Lead­ers stress need to win sup­port for cli­mate mea­sures

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Weather -

KA­TOW­ICE, POLAND>> As lead­ers at­tend­ing the U.N.’s an­nual cli­mate sum­mit heard fresh warn­ings about the dire con­se­quences of leav­ing global warm­ing unchecked, a new is­sue emerged Mon­day as a press­ing con­cern: how to per­suade mil­lions of work­ers their in­dus­try can’t have a fu­ture if hu­man­ity is to have one.

Host­ing the talks in the heart of its coal re­gion of Sile­sia, Poland tried to set the tone for the two-week meet­ing by pro­mot­ing the idea of a “just tran­si­tion” for min­ers and other work­ers fac­ing lay­offs as coun­tries adopt al­ter­na­tive en­ergy sources.

“We are try­ing to save the world from an­ni­hi­la­tion, but we must do this in a way that those who live with us to­day in the world have the best pos­si­ble liv­ing con­di­tions,” Pol­ish Pres­i­dent An­drzej Duda said.

The is­sue isn’t re­stricted to lost jobs. Many econ­o­mists ar­gue it will re­quire rais­ing the cost of car­bon fu­els — the same is­sue that trig­gered large-scale protests over gas prices in France.

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