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The green-collar economy

December 17, 2008

van-jonesVan Jones is founding president of Green For All, and author of “The Green Collar Economy,” In this interview with PopTech! he describes a plan to create millions of new jobs that can’t be outsourced, wean the country off its dependence on foreign oil, and take bold steps to address the climate crisis.

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I agree totally. If the US can become the first to find a viable alternative energy that can reach the average consumer at a reasonable price, it will set our country on the course to stay on top on the global scale. Not only does it create jobs, it can lower the trade deficit, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and cut our ties with Middle Eastern nations that are in turmoil. We as a country need to do whatever it takes to find the next energy source.

Posted by Derek | Report as abusive
 

Man made Global warming is a scam to tax us to death. Let’s focus on real environmental issues;GMO food-Toxic dumping-Chem trails etc

Posted by Roy | Report as abusive
 

Roy, as we all loose our jobs those left to work will all be taxed heavily. By the way all those evil chemists polluting the planet, guess where they get all of their polymers, nylon and some other raw materials from? Oil refineries. While the Earth goes through many climate change cycles, none have seen such a rapid increase in CO2 as we have seen in the last 100 years or so. The brightest scientists in the 1870s suspected burning coal and other carbon fuels would change temperature and climate but they lacked a way to empirically measure atmospheric gases. That hurdle was overcome in the late 1950s by Roger Revel and James Keeling with the advent of infrared mass spectrometry. We now have five decades of data showing a decline in oxygen levels and increase of CO2 levels. Moving away from oil kills two birds with one stone.

Posted by Anubis | Report as abusive
 

Some good points were made. I think the hold-up with many people in this country with truly attacking these “green” industries is that many people have become sick of hearing the far left-leaning liberals talk about global warming and the need to do this and that. It has clouded the issue to the point where people believe they have to be on one side of this issue or the other. To simply state the truth of the matter is to acknowledge domestic energy production; be it solar, wind, oil, or nuclear; is a good thing. It creates jobs domestically and keeps money from being shipped to the middle east, Russia, or Venezuela. These are simple facts everyone in this country can agree on and that is the idea that needs to be driven home to the everyday American.

Posted by Adam | Report as abusive
 

Learn from the Japanese:

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0  ,8599,1867805,00.html

Like I mentioned once in another forum discussing alternative energy, it won’t be the US to pioneer alternative energy — it will happen in Asia or Europe.

Posted by M3 | Report as abusive
 

we are too backwards, gas goes down, people go back and buy SUVs, all govt. has to do is institute a gas tax to pay for alternative trans. and have a federal reneable energy portfolio, instead of bush just saying it is all on states…..which would also allow higher MPG standards (CAFE) instead of fighting with indiv. states such as CA with huge envir. problems or arguing how much percentage wise has man contributed to global warming, other specious arguments…it is better to conserve now than realize it is too late to do anything, we had nation wide rail before highway act 1964, so absent govt. intervention which has never done any good here or by attacking other countries for oil, let’s just try to be as indep as possible now and for once allow the free market to work, don’t spend billions of tax payer money on defunct companies, concentrate on future and entrepreneur…if we are to have any leadership role at all in future economy….

globalization is fine, if it is fair…that is more import. subsidizing certain industries “too big to fail” is a bit disingenuous, and a LOT hypocritical….

Posted by Positive CHANGE | Report as abusive
 

to M3; it’s already starting here in Asia…. If the US wants to catch-up, it better get off its arse….
to Roy; you’re like a guy who digs a hole to bury his head in, but only digs it deep enough to cover his ears…..

As Americans, we need to energize a ‘national energy’ policy, and as we did in WWII bring everyone together to fight on the same team…….

Or its “game over” for everyone…..

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

I have seen this idea thrown around a couple times, come together now or forever become undone.

2 words: To Late

But with the above stated, don’t think I’m a doom an gloom person, I would be glad to help this country and/world out. The problem is that 95% of my generation is composed of IDIOTS, yea that’s 18-25 year olds. Also an idiot is a 4.0 student that falls on their face in real life. And I’m not blaming the education system while it has its problems, an individual is responsible for themselves.

The fix for this country and world is the same as in most larger corps, a bottom up approach, which provides visibility and accountability. Restore the small town, big dreams ideology, starting with yourself, your children. The result of this process will not be yours, but if we make it another generation or 2… the sun may shine in the west once more.

Posted by P!NG | Report as abusive
 

If you want to be a decent civilized person, you need to learn how to clean after yourself and make choices that do not harm others. If you need a grand truckload of environmental catastrophe reasons to be decent, that means you are a bit oblivious of reality. I find it ridiculous to even attack science at this point. The fact that waste is so highly subsidized in the United States, and costs are hidden and passed to the consumer as environmental disasters, does not help either. I think that straightening up accountability and the real costs of pollution will help some catch up, but of course there is always a percentage that will be left behind. I hope it does not come down to be the entire country.

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