The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

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Harper Collins, Oct 7, 2008 - Business & Economics - 237 pages
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Provocative, personal, and inspirational, The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country—the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.

In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. The economy is built on and powered almost exclusively by oil, natural gas, and coal—all fast-diminishing nonrenewable resources. As supplies disappear, the price of energy climbs and nearly everything becomes more expensive. With costs and unemployment soaring, the economy stalls. Not only that, when we burn these fuels, the greenhouse gases they create overheat the atmosphere. As the headlines make clear, total climate chaos looms over us. The bottom line: we cannot continue with business as usual. We cannot drill and burn our way out of these dual dilemmas.

Instead, Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

Rachel Carson's 1963 landmark book Silent Spring was the pivotal ecological examination of the last century. Now, rising above the impenetrable debate over the environment and the economy, Van Jones's The Green Collar Economy delivers a timely and essential call to action for this new century.


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Van Jones is the founder and former president of Green For All. In March of 2009, he became the special advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Van Jones lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and two sons.

Ariane Conrad is an editor and writer living in San Francisco. She is the coauthor of "The Green-Collar Economy" by Van Jones.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an American environmental activist, attorney, radio talk show host, and author. He serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. Born on January 17, 1954, in Washington, D.C., Kennedy is the son of former U. S. Senator for New York and U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in American History and Literature and studied at the London School of Economics. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Master's Degree in Environmental Law. Among Mr. Kennedy's published books are: Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, the New York Times' bestseller Crimes Against Nature, St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy, The Riverkeepers, and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr.: A Biography. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly and many other publications. His award winning articles have been included in anthologies of America's Best Crime Writing, Best Political Writing and Best Science Writing.

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