Thursday, March 12, 2009

Van Jones to advise Obama on 'Green Jobs'

Van Jones, the author of The Green Collar Economy (2008), will help advise Barack Obama on green jobs. His main argument ('solution') is that the creation of green jobs can fix the two biggest problems currently facing the world (which he calls the "economic catastophy" and the "climate crisis").
Obama drafts Van Jones as Green Jobs Advisor
March 10, 2009
U.S. News
Van Jones will be joining the Obama administration next week as a special adviser on green jobs, reported the White House Council on Environmental Quality today. Jones will work with agencies and departments to advance the administration's climate and energy initiatives, with a special focus on improving vulnerable communities, according to a White House statement.

Some Van Jones quotes:

"The only reason that we have the unsustainable accounting that we have right now is because incinerators, dumping grounds, and sacrifice zones were put where poor people live. It would never have been allowed if you had to put all the incinerators and nasty stuff in rich people's neighborhoods; we'd have had a sustainable economy a long time ago... We don't want to be first and worst with all the toxins and all the negative effects of global warming, and then benefit last and least from all the breakthroughs in solar, wind energy, organic food, all the positives. We want an equal share, an equitable share, of the work wealth and the benefits of the transition to a green economy."

"We could power the country with clean coal, or we could have unicorns pull our cars for us."

"If women are making 75 cents to a dollar in our green economy, something is wrong with it"

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