Steelworkers and environmentalists had a lot riding on the bill, but it came up against an army of oil and coal industry lobbyists and a wall of opposition from Senate Republicans.
Star athletes showed their concern by traveling to the Gulf Coast this past week to visit members of the community and witness the damage caused by BP's oil spill.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At the NAACP's 101st Annual Convention here, political and community leaders from across the country discussed the impact green jobs could have on communities of color.
"At this point, there have been so many ups and downs that everyone here is saying, 'we'll believe it when we see it'," said Keith Kennedy, a charter boat captain who works out of Venice, La.
Cleanup workers are getting sick and health professionals are warning about the long term effects on everyone, including the general population.
Louisiana union leaders, environmentalists and others are saying that the disparity between what BP told government regulators in March and what it has actually been able to do results from a willfully misleading manipulation of numbers by the company.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson ordered the company last May to reduce its usage of dispersants by 75 percent.
Exxon Mobil Corp. stands out among the nation's oil giants in one big way: it is spending millions of dollars to fund an enormous network of extreme right-wing groups.
Kentuckians for the Commonwealth presented "The Struggle for Justice in the Coalfields of Central Appalachia and Colombia" at the U.S. Social Forum.
DETROIT - Opening the U.S. Social Forum here, 20,000 from around the nation, a multi-ethnic rainbow of young and old, marched Tuesday calling for jobs and social justice.