Van Jones thinks "green collar" jobs could clean the United State's energy-dependent economy.
His path to a healthy green economy includes his work on the Green Jobs Act of 2007, which authorized $125 million to train people for green-collar jobs.
VAN JONES is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. Van is currently a CNN Contributor. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
Van is the founder of Green For All, a national organization working to get green jobs to disadvantaged communities. He was the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act; signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, the Act was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.” Under the Obama administration, it has resulted in $500 million for green job training nationally.
While best known as a pioneer in the environmental movement, Van has been hard at work in social justice for nearly two decades, fashioning solutions to some of urban America’s toughest problems. He is the co-founder of two social justice organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and
Color of Change.
Advocacy of the preservation or improvement of the natural environment, especially the social and political movement to control environmental pollution. Other specific goals of environmentalism include control of human population growth, conservation of natural resources, restriction of the negative effects of modern technology, and the adoption of environmentally benign forms of political and economic organization. Environmental advocacy at the international level by nongovernmental organizations and some states has resulted in treaties, conventions, and other instruments of environmental law addressing problems such as global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer, and the danger of transboundary pollution from nuclear accidents. Influential U.S. and British environmentalists have included Thomas Robert Malthus, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Barry Commoner, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Edward O. Wilson. In the social sciences, the term refers to any theory that emphasizes the importance of environmental factors in the development of culture and society.
great line "energy security is national security." yes i'd like to hear more specifics, beside retrofitting old building. but alternative energy research is necessary if we want to lead the world into a new era of cleaner energy. the result of american job growth is a benefit that makes this a no-brainer. i want to get involved.
A "paltry" 8 billion tax dollars? How much was the adminstration supposed to give? Isn't that socialism or communism or some kind of offensive ism? African-Americans will undoubtedly be pleased that you feel their marital status is the real issue. Actually there's a good chance most Americans live in cities. That's why cities are so crowded and politicians that represent states with big cities represent many, many more people. The Federal Reserve "gave away" most of that money and we don't want to interfere with the Fed's independence do we? But it is true global warming is nothing but a plot by the Left to create millions of jobs and reduce pollution and Jones who refers to everyone as brother and sister does in fact hate everyone including his actual brother and sister.
The green movement is largely a farce akin to the myth of global warming. Most Americans live in environmentally unfriendly, nondescript suburbs in the middle of nowhere. Obama has been a disaster. He gave away trillions to his corrupt, inept contributors on Wall Street, engineered a state take over of GM on behalf of his special interest UAW, and gave a paltry $8 billion to high speed rail. Van Jones is a racist who foolishly spouted off like a preacher about troubled white youth rather than addressing the real issue of an out-of-wedlock birthrate among American black folks that is over 70%. Good riddance to him.
No more wind turbines, please. Nobody knows who is going to be responsible for taking out the 100s of tons of junk once a turbine has outlived its usefulness. They also need to establish some rules about how close they can come to people's homes. They create some serious issues for people with neurological and other health problems. If they are going to put up any more they at least need to look at different and more effecient models.
His first line says it all. We need to start producing again. The problem with the bailout is it goes against market principles: people clearly don't want to buy what the automakers are selling, so, as he says, they should start making things people want to buy. So be it more fuel efficient cars or, as he suggests, solar panels etc., it's definitely time to get cracking.
For the green new deal to really work what is required ideally is a transformation of the financial system....bringing it truly into the 21st century