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

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ISBN-10: 0061650757

ISBN-13: 9780061650758

Edition: 2008

Authors: Van Jones, Ariane Conrad, Robert F. Kennedy

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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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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Van Jones is an award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy. He is the best-selling author of the books The Green-Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream. He served as the green jobs advisor to President Obama's White House. Jones is currently a senior fellow at the Center For American Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green For All.

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. serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and was named one of Time magazine's ""Heroes for the Planet"" for his�work in�the fight to restore�the Hudson River. Kennedy has worked on environmental issues across the Americas and has assisted several indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada in successfully negotiating treaties protecting traditional homelands. His published books include Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997) and his articles have appeared in The New York Times , The Washington Post , Los Angeles Times , The Wall Street Journal , Newsweek , Rolling Stone , Atlantic Monthly , Esquire , The Nation , Outside Magazine , The Village Voice , and many other publications. "

Foreword
Introduction: Reality Check
The Dual Crisis
The Fourth Quadrant
Eco-Equity
The Green New Deal
The Future Is Now
The Government Question
Buoyancy and Hope
Afterword: Winning Already-For Better or Worse
Action Items
Resource List
Notes
Acknowledgments