This post notes some highlights from the new Resources for the Future and Environmental Defense Fund report reviewing policy options for a just transition off fossil fuels in the United States.
A just transition is “fairness for workers and communities in a transition
to a low–greenhouse gas emissions economy,” with a focus on workers and communities reliant on the production and consumption of coal, oil, and fossil gas.
- There’s no single policy solution. Multiple and customizable policies are needed (see next section).
- Policy must be coordinated or “harmonized” across jurisdictions.
- Planning must start now. Policies must address both short- and long-term outcomes.
- Policymaking processes must be equitable and inclusive.
- Policy must address revenue government revenue losses.
Just transition policies considered in the report
- Job training and career services for transition workers
- Minimum standards for employment benefits, job safety, and worker rights
- Engaging and supporting employers
- Supporting skills development and technology investment in public and private organizations
- Investment in community public services to increase business development
- Support for entrepreneurs like low-interest loans
- Support for financial institutions that service entrepreneurial ventures
- Funding to clean up industrial pollution
- Investment in public infrastructure, especially water services and broadband internet
- Direct cash payments or tax credits to low-income households
- Subsidies for healthcare, food, and housing needs