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

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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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  • Interesting ideas
    The Green collar economy is very well thought out and easy to read. The Jones lays out a plan to reduce the use of fossil fuels, reduce the amount of Green house gasses, and create new jobs in the United States. The Green collar economy delves into the use of fossil fuels, what it takes to get it out of the ground and refine it, the cost to the atmosphere due to this process. Eventually the world will dry up of fossil fuels, were dealing with a limited supply at a time when much of the world is learning to drive. The Green collar economy talks about places like India and China the bicycle is being replaced with the automobile and the economic effect that has on the price of gas world wide. Consumer demand is now out stripping the supply of oil. Oil prices are rising due to world demand. Jones does a great job of covering the economic effect of this and what it will lead to if we don't start really developing alternative energy resources and making Green technology available and affordable. There are many untapped resources out there for creating Green jobs and a cleaner environment.

    The book also talks about some other types of energy resources and the pros and cons of them like converting corn to fuel. Should we be burning corn as fuel when children are starving? Nuclear power again this is a limited resource since there is a limited supply of uranium. Clean coal, just an oxymoron. The process for clean coal doesn't exist; it's still the dirtiest of all fuels when you take into account the process for mining and burning coal. There is also a limited supply of coal.

    We are spiraling downward towards an energy nightmare; the book proposes some interesting and plausible ways to avoid this. The concept is great it the process of helping these ideas come to fruition that will require a lot of work. People will need to change their thought process when it comes to producing energy. Making these ideas happen will require a lot more detail with in the then what this book goes into but it plants the seed to get the process started. The book lays out the mechanics of what it will take to make the Green collar idea turn into a Green collar reality. It's up to us as citizens of the planet to make it happen. The back of Jones has a resource list of containing Green energy businesses and coalitions.

    There are many types of Green collar jobs that could be created not only in the Green industry but within the normal work place. Jobs will be created in research, development and implementation of these technologies.

    A great read for anyone but especially for those Green collar and want to be Green collar workers. Very enlightening.
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  • The Green Collar Economy
    Green Collar Economy by Van Jones
    This is the most important book I've read in the last 15 years! If I were any kind of authority, I would make every single American read the "Green Collar Economy."
    So far, most book reviews that I've read do capture several of the most important messages and ideas presented in this comprehensive book, yet most of them fail to emphasize the many complexities discussed and re-examined in the Green Collar Economy. The good news is there is no secret anymore--the green economy is the only aspect of our economy that is growing, in spite of all its obstacles. My guess is that many American readers might be surprised to discover that Van Jones writes not only about the environment, waves of environmental movement, green economy, and global economy, but also masterfully includes such a broad range of topics that are deeply interconnected with our current state of world wide environmental degradation and climate change.
    If you already saw or heard Van Jones, you would probably agree that he is such a passionate, witty and motivational public speaker and story teller. Yet, in my view, he is even better as a scholar who writes for people of all educational backgrounds. Green Collar Economy and Mr. Jones' work in general are so visionary and empowering that some people rightfully consider this book and this kind of community activism centered on social and environmental justice to be one of the pillars of the 21st century. Another surprise for many American readers might be the fact that Van Jones does not talk much about individual actions and solutions. The well preserved myth that all solutions are individual and that our societies are nothing more but a sum of individuals has to be challenged now more than ever. We need our government to come up with solutions, we need collective actions and global actions. Individual efforts are not unimportant, yet they will not be sufficient to win the battle against the climate change and its devastating effects. There is no coincidence that the governments of 184 countries have signed, ratified and acted upon the Kyotto Protocol. Shamefully, the U.S. is not among these countries, nor are our representatives actively participating in Poland where even more than 180 countries prepare for the next international treaty to be signed next year in Copenhagen.
    Almost every responsible politician, every local environmental activist, and every concerned member of our community can find something so very profound, courageous and inspirational in the Green Collar Economy. Many of us environmental activists struggle to understand the big picture and often find ourselves unable to overcome many divisions within the movement, commonly dominated by white members. Van Jones offers his profound wisdom and viable solutions--if we are to truly embrace the green revolution and save all life on this planet, we have to achieve social justice in that process. "War time" type of mobilization that is absolutely needed now cannot happen by exclusion and repetition of our historically observed patterns of injustice. People of color and low income community members need jobs, hope and motivation, so they have to be given the new clean energy jobs first. We cannot continue to treat our planet as a space where we can indefinitely extract and drill, and dump toxic materials where predominantly communities of color and low income people live. We cannot continue to direct all beneficial effects of environmental stewardship to materially rich, white, and socially favored communities, if we want everyone to work together to solve the deepest global crisis recorded in our written history. Such a crisis cannot be resolved by any individual, group, government, or even a group of countries. Van Jones offers powerful and memorable metaphors to illustrate this point reemphasizing that we just cannot continue to fight and exploit each other when we are all in the same sinking boat. Emphasizing the idea that "humanity might not survive on the planet," and expecting people of color, and low income groups to drop everything and start working on environmental issues does not work. It does not work because these members of our community (and the world community) have been on the brink of survival on a daily basis for at least several long centuries. It does not work because so far in our class, color, and gender-divided world the major benefits of processes that we call technological progress have never gone to these disadvantaged communities. What might work is to read very slowly, carefully, and think deeply in order to find solutions similar to what is presented in the chapter about the environmental stewardship of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples of the world. In addition, if most Americans saw "When the Levees Broke," a Spike Lee film, and read the Chapter about New Orleans hit by Katrina included in this book, after reading this with a clear mind and open heart, we should make a resolution to never repeat our social cruelty and paralysis. These two chapters are truly outstanding.
    Based on my educational background I would like to bring up questions of the self-destructive, human destructive, and all life destructive nature of capitalism, while also emphasizing the important role that women must play. Women's engagement becomes even more critical from the perspective of our organic connection with nature, in life-preservation, and potential for reestablishment of harmony needed on this planet. Working on our own liberation as human liberation, women and working people have a potential to better understand what is at stake and how to fight for our survival on Earth. Van Jones does not use this kind of terminology, nor provides an in-depth analysis of the current stage of capitalism and global economy. As we all know quite well, these discussions can further divide people along political views and persuasions. Instead, the author discusses in-depth how we might enable ourselves to overcome some important dividing factors in order to work together.
    I am convinced that this book will mark our entire ¨¦poque. My only critique is related to the lack of discussion about major reasons for U.S. absence from international efforts to combat climate change. The U.S. imperialist role in the environmental destruction overseas is not included much, either. The world only needs the U.S. to do its own share in reversing these devastating environmental impacts. The share should be proportional to what we as Americans and our governments create world-wide.
    The incoming administration already has a plan for action outlined in the Green Collar Economy. If we as a society took this platform seriously and implemented it, we could as well ensure our prolonged presence on this beautiful planet. Moreover, our generations would not be ashamed when we look our children and grandchildren in the eye. If nothing more, we have a chance to live the remaining times as responsible and mature inhabitants of the world. Van Jones does not give false hopes in the most positive outcome. His hope is hope of a cautious, wise, visionary. Many might think that this book still contains utopian ideas. If these ideas and practical proposals become utopian, it will be because of the very nature of our inhumane and eco-destructive societies, not because of the author's na?ve attitude. I must confess that I wept reading the last chapter and swore to myself and future generations to work alongside "Green for All" in my own limited capacity.

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  • The Reality Check on nuclear power is itself detached from reality
    More nuclear power is produced here in American than in France and nuclear power provides 77 percent of France's electricity. But yet Van Jones dismisses nuclear power in one short paragraph (13 lines). Is he serious that things like more caulk guns will solve our growing energy needs? And if he really believes that there are viable energy solutions contained in this book why didn't he bother to create an index so that they can be found more easily by readers seriously looking for realistic answers to our complex energy challenges? ...more info
  • A must read for all of CONGRESS!
    Van Jones is masterful and full of sense as he lays out the path to a New America. All policy makers in Washington owe it to the Country to read this book. The very blueprint of an economic and environmental recovery, is laid out for all to see. Clear, concise, solutions for both of America's most daunting challenges. It is a must that any Economic Stimulus Plan include broad measures for and investment in America's New Green Economy as Mr. Jones advocates. Literally, a life changing read. ...more info
  • This Book Will Foster or Does Foster Some of Obama's Major Policies
    As pollution concerns evolve to become disasters waiting to happen, America and the remainder of the world must conceive of projects to prevent the bad from getting worse.

    But, Van Jones seeks to do more than stop the hemorrhaging - he seeks to merge the environmentalist concerns with other civil activist targets for the "new `social-uplift environmentalism': equal protection for all people, equal opportunity for all people, and reverence for all creation." His hard task seeks to do more: he seeks to unite the people in making jobs and improving the economy while suppressing the environmentally unfriendly behavior we and our parents grew accustomed to.

    His efforts are predominantly hard pressed as blacks and other minorities see environmentalists as, "a few Hollywood celebrities eating tofu, doing yoga, and driving hybrids." The vegan Prius-driving whites appear to "care about nothing but polar bears and can afford to shop at health-food stores and put solar panels on their second home." And, to be fair to the author - one does not need to be an impoverished minority to make the generalizations mentioned above.

    But, sometimes timing is everything. "At this point (in time), it is tempting to say that we don't need a U.S. president who will fix everything; we just need one will stop breaking everything." "The Bush administration has been a disastrous failure in the areas of environmental stewardship." "Government-mandated and -subsidized ethanol from corn will go down as the `Iraq War' of environmental solutions; ill-considered, costly and disastrous. In a world full of hungry people, burning food should be criminally punished - not financially subsidized - by the U.S. government."

    The Iraq War too is an environmental disaster - costing hundreds of billions of dollars, misdirecting federal funding to burning fuel and wasteful energy manufacturing, instead of creating Manhattan projects for renewable energy sources or similar productive processes to be rid of oil dependency. In fact the purpose of the Iraq War must be reviewed and extracted from our civil pact. When one reviews that war's purpose, it comes to one answer - oil dependency.

    Part of the gift of the author's project is employment to the Green-collar economy. The average employed person will be more often holding a caulk gun than a lab coat or a computer-generated sheet outlining engineering devices to save our planet. Why? Because "each nonweatherized building is an open spigot for pollution and wasted energy dollars," And so the "next administration should work with Congress to pass a range of efficiency policies, including commercial and residential building codes, retrofitting public buildings to higher standards, establishing incentives for distributed energy; extending energy-efficient home mortgages; and assisting low-income and public housing stock to improve energy efficiency through stronger incentives . . ."

    The basic appeal requests the following: establishing the clean-energy smart grid; supporting green jobs and worker training for the same; improving efficiency in consumption; increasing production of renewable energy; investing in low-carbon mass transportation; increasing fuel economy; changing the systems for fueling bodies (centralization fo foodstuffs and reducing energy wasteful movement of same); blocking production of new coal plants; providing sustainable/low-carbon fuels from switchgrass, wood chips or agricultural waste; eliminating federal tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas; trading gas guzzlers for hybrids; and anything else to slow down the problem.

    By the end of the book, one understands that the major opponents are corporate enterprises deeply rooted in having profits derived from the abusive habits of oil dependency. Marketing strategies by the same have included labels of "Stop the War on the Poor" where African Americans believe the above-misguided stereotypical white elitist persons are imposing environmental programs which steal welfare funds delivered to the poor - all to the disadvantage of the minorities. But, this author and the newly elected president are both of the minority color. And the Obama team's embracing of the author's concepts have led that marketing ploy to rest.

    Gingrich's "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" is receiving limited press. The blunt reality of that request to drill offshore is that the savings is 7-years' removed and at a paltry $.02 per gallon - not a true solution.

    The slogan "All of the Above" requests a policy of going simultaneously with the new clean energy policies while continuing with our old dirty habits. But, strip mining mountains, burning clouds of black coal, infusing our environment with everlasting nuclear waste and not changing personal use will not solve the problem. Continuing with the old policies will not address the social needs, and will only allow the bad habits to continue.

    Interestingly, this book seeks more than the ending of the bad habit. It employs a strategy whereby new concepts will affect the bad habits, and employ new people. Two problems left by the Bush administration to Obama are touched by this thesis: improving the sickly environment while improving the economy. Sounds too good to be true. But, after reading this book, I can only believe that Obama will heed to this author's advice. It will come as no surprise that many of the concepts included herein become part of the new administration's policy.

    This is a book fostering future American policy. For that reason alone, it is a worthwhile read. Written in clear short paragraphs, and sewn with simple-to-read English, it is an easy read. A worthwhile easy read - sounds too good to be true. Like its message, it is not - don't miss this one. ...more info
  • Green Jobs - a Big Piece of the Cure
    Van Jones and his team are both factual and inspirational. Green Jobs and the focus on training and education, keeping jobs local (not outsourced), and giving individuals dignity while working on the most important concern of the humans -- to stick around! -- brings us to a point of hard work but also a point of hope.

    I encourage everyone to read this book and the many others being penned lately that link several of our ailments -- most pointedly demonstrated by the mistakes and errors in the financial sector -- that we are simply not living right. We are living not in our own time. We are not valuing what we should given the times we live in. There are purposes beyond acquiring things -- Jones and his team help us to keep remembering that it could really be fun to be here, after all....more info
  • Visionary and Inspirational
    I just ordered this book and if it is even 1/10th as fantastic as Mr. Jones' speaking, I expect it to be one of the most inspiring and visionary books I've read in a long time. As someone who gets very disheartened by the state of our world, and frustrated by the ill-conceived policies and plans of our US government, it is refreshing to read a perspective that advocates a win-win-win for people, corporations, and the planet. ...more info
  • A Concept That Must Be Put Into Action
    I just finished reading this book tonight, and I have to admit that the author makes a very persuasive argument for the means to reverse the spiraling decline of the American economy. I would recommend this as a "must read" for not only every educator, political leader, activist, and businessperson but for every working class American (whether currently employed, unemployed, or incarcerated) who has heretofore not felt personally connected to the environmental movement. Buy this book, read this book, loan it to friends, and see that it is on the shelves of your local library.

    My only complaint with this first edition of the book is what I consider an unacceptable degree of sloppy editing. Has HarperCollins replaced human proofreaders with computer spell-checking software? The overuse of the em dash throughout the text is totally annoying and distracting, with as many as four within a single paragraph. Reading the text became as laborious and distracting as carrying on a conversation with a person who uses the words "you know" or "exactly" in every sentence. On the other hand, the intended emphasis would probably make this a great audio book.

    That criticism aside, read this book, take its message to heart, and do everything possible to see its concepts put into action. I sure hope that this book is on Barack Obama's reading list!...more info
  • Disappointment
    I'm sorry to say this book is very racial in nature. Van Jones considers me an enviromental elitist. I'm not a black convict, so I'm not needed to re-invent our economy. I was really hoping to learn something, as I am intensely interested in working in the alternative energy field....more info
  • Leaves much to be desired
    The Green Collar Economy covers a very important issue, at a very important moment in history, so I wish Van Jones had done a better job.

    My largest complaint is that so much of this book (the first 65 pages) covers nothing but Hurricane Katrina and race relations. You would never tell from the cover descriptions or introduction that this really is a book about race and class. Van Jones comes across as obsessed with this issue, yet fails to convince me of a real connection between race and the environment.

    Van Jones is also very non-specific throughout most of the book. He desperately needs more evidence, comparisons, and statistics to back up his claims. Not until the second to last chapter do we learn of specific policy solutions.

    The Green Collar Economy also neglects some of the most important green issues. He dedicates less than one page to suburban sprawl vs. transit oriented development, which is really a paramount topic. Rail as a means of intercity travel is barely mentioned. He hardly mentions Europe, even though the US has so much to learn from them (How can you write book on anything green without drawing comparisons to Europe?).

    Bottom line is I'm not sure who this book is for. Environmentalists will be unsatisfied with the lack of new information, and conservatives will remain unconvinced that Van Jones' proposals will actually work....more info
  • Green Jobs But Not Regressive Taxes
    Jones's book covers two areas. The first is "eco-apartheid/environmental justice." Says Jones, "When most people think of 'green solutions,' ... they envision affluent white people who care about nothing but polar bears." Environmentalists take note: Jones speaks from firsthand experience, and as he notes, "eco-elitism can actually set back environmental initiatives." But I'm unpersuaded by his recommendation of "minimum demands" for "Green Jobs, Not Jails," and "Greening the Ghetto First."

    The book's second area, the dual crisis of poverty and environmental destruction, provides a concrete answer to eco-elitism — green-collar jobs. Jones identifies an excellent opportunity—fixing inefficient buildings. This is green, actually saves money, and requires lots of labor, much of it low-skill. These programs require tricky financing arrangements, and Jones provides examples of innovative pilot programs that sound promising. Jones could do us a great service by focusing on this huge area of opportunity, especially since Obama's stimulus plan seems headed this direction.

    Unfortunately, we get instead a laundry list of every green, organic, "eco-elitist" proposal ever put forward, to "completely overhaul" the economy in "one of the single biggest feats in the history of world politics." Financed by a cap-and-trade tax on fossil emissions, Jones says it will cost $350 billion per year. But this tax—like a gas tax—hits poor people harder than the rich, in proportion to their income. In other words, it's a regressive tax worse than the conservatives' "flat tax."

    Climate scientist James Hansen proposes to give the money back equally, so poor people would actually get more back than they pay in higher emission prices. This is explained in Carbonomics: How to Fix the Climate and Charge It to OPEC. It's fair because the poor cause less than their share of emissions. So why fund green jobs with a regressive cap-and-trade tax?

    The green laundry list will simply power the "backlash alliance" Jones says has already "arrived—full force." Better to use less expensive, more effective green policies with maximum bang for the buck—as explained in Carbonomics, and to provide green jobs for the unemployed with Jones's building-upgrade programs—which also give maximum bang for the buck. As I said before, Jones is worth listening to....more info
  • Revolutionary and Necessary
    This is the most forward thinking book I have ever read. I recommend it to everyone. There is hope for this planet and it's inhabitants....more info
  • van-j: the blueprint
    just got my copy this morning, and i can't put it down. this book provides one of the most important blueprints for creating economic development opportunities in urban centers and saving our dear planet. ...more info
  • Perfect Timing!
    The Green Collar Economy, How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, by Van Jones, could not be more timely. As our economy (and perhaps the world economy) enters a period called stagflation--meaning, a stagnant economy coupled with inflation--Jones offers a sound solution.

    Van Jones gets right to the point in the first sentence of the introduction: "The pain at the gas pump is just the beginning...This weakness can and will send the entire country into a particular kind of a tailspin." Jones writes that oil can't keep up with the demand and that it is running out. This is a fact--we cannot keep on living as we have, sucking up finite resources as if there is no end.

    "Clean coal", (an oxymoron, he explains, and part of a clever marketing campaign,) nuclear power plants, and off shore drilling are not the answer to our problems. We need to invest in sustainable resources--like the sun and moon--for the future of the planet and people.

    Using corn for fuel was also a huge mistake. I love what he wrote: "Government-mandated and subsidized ethenal from corn will go down in history as the 'Iraq war' of environmental solution."

    The solution to the problem lies within our people. Jones believes we need workers--and lots of them--trained to green our economy. Most of the jobs would be considered blue-collar, and little more than a high school education and some training would be necessary. The new green collar workers have jobs "preserving and enhancing environmental quality." Jobs run the gamut of installing solar panels to energy auditors.

    Yesterday on the radio, I heard a plumber complain that he hasn't had so little work in over 20 years. That he considered a good day when he could work until 1pm. These people are who Jones writes about and are the workers who would most benefit from the new green economy.

    Let us hope that The Green Collar Economy becomes the reality.

    Highly recommended.


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  • A different spin on the green economy
    Van Jones published this book at the right time. President Barack Obama has even referred to some of the things mentioned although Jones does say that there is no such thing as clean coal (in contrast to President Obama's push for it). It's not just intellectual reading; he gives an extensive list at the back for people to actually get involved and get things moving.

    This book is inspirational reading for every high school and college student who aspires to be an entrepreneur and not just an employee....more info
  • Interesting Book...
    I liked the idea that Mr. Jones is promoting here, and I think that he is on the right track. He makes a difficult issue very easy to understand, and goes very deep into the issue to the point where even if you disagree with him on a lot, you will agree that he makes a variety of good points.

    That being said, he is overly dramatic in his analysis, and definitely picks and chooses what facts to focus on. This can be said about any political book I suppose.

    It is definitely worth the read....more info
  • Covers the best stories of what is happening on the ground
    This book covers people like People's Grocery in Oakland and Solar Richmond who are leading the way in creating a new green economy. Includes a list of what should be done in the first 100 days of office.

    Best quote in the book:

    "If the crusade to racially integrate the dirty, gray economy represented the height of nobility in the last century, then how morally compelling is the calling to build an inclusive green economy in this one? If Dr. King and other activists were willing to face attack and dogs and fire hoses and murderous mobs to get everyone included in the pollution-based economy, then what should you and I be willing to do today to ensure that the new, clean , and green economy has a place in it for everyone?"...more info
  • A Good New Beginning
    Thanks to Van Jones summary of what has been (very briefly) and what can become, a conceptual blue print has been presented to the reader. Lots of in-between steps to be developed and even yet to be envisioned. However, a good starting point to get organized and participate. No one person has all the answers or can provide all the inspirations, but I think he has got off to a very strong start already.

    I am excited to learn more about the possibilities and witness that after the past eight dark years, a very different dialog such as this one is taking place. This is a good new beginning.
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  • Muddled and Simplistic
    "The Green-Collar Economy" muddles this important issue with too many irrelevant side discussions of racial, gender, and economic equality, suffers from poor timing (the current economic downturn and steep fall in energy costs), fails to document key assertions (eg. "cutting emissions to California's per capita level would allow the U.S. to surpass Kyoto targets;" lay out the amount of energy savings available through retro-fitting buildings), is biased against the role of coal (no consideration of the impact of clean coal and new experiments on pollution), and fails to address key underlying impacts of population growth, Free Trade (on our ability to fund new energy initiatives), pays little attention to fuel economy, and is oblivious to the sometimes idiotic transportation of urban garbage hundreds of miles in the name of ecology.

    Some important points are raised - eg. the need for more electric transmission lines to take advantage of solar and wind sources, but even that discussion lacks depth. ("How much energy would be lost through transmission?" and its cost is simply referenced vs. the Iraq War - something undefined as well.)

    Finally, the book lacks delineation of eg. how buildings would be retrofitted, thereby supposedly benefiting our economy. If, for example, the major benefit is obtained through more efficient electric motors, the bulk of the economic benefit of constructing them would probably end up in China - not the U.S....more info
  • I hope Obama is reading!!!
    Timely published, excellent argument, thorough research... Jones lays out, in well organized fashion, how an aggressive commitment to transition into a green economy via green collar work (work that brings dignity to the underserved communities of the United States) can bring back the US economy, fulfill the dream of true equality, and keep Earth alive for the sake of our future generations.

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  • An Excellent First Draft Vision of What America Could Become
    I just finished reading "The Green Collar Economy", and I can't ever recall reading a book that changed my way of thinking so dramatically. Van Jones' presents a well-written, excellent first draft vision of what America could and should do to revitalize its standing in the world community. And it matters not whether you believe that global warming is a serious threat to future generations or a cyclical phenomenon. If you are concerned about the current economic woes, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
    Richard E. Kelly - Author of "Growing Up In Mama's Club" and co-editor at ...more info
  • great toolkit
    it helps to learn so much about the new idea which basically combine what seemed to be so contardictive: environmental awareness and disadvantaged people..awesome...more info
  • Confused about the economics
    The tale of society pulling itself out from the grip of fossil and nuclear (bad, bad nuclear!!!) energy all by itself and on the way creating millions of jobs and better weather, too, is fantastic. But just like the tale of Munchhausen who pulls himself out of the swamp, it's a lie.

    Energy becomes more expensive as energy sources are depleted, true. But the fact that we haven't gone alternative yet is because alternative energy is even more expensive right now. You can use the author's own argument: expensive alternative energy projects will cause more unemployment now. In other words, the author doesn't take into account the millions of jobs that will be destroyed a) in the current energy industry, b) in the industries that rely on cheap fossil energy and c) all other jobs that are indirectly linked to a and b.

    The economics behind the book is flawed, which is also why the only people endorsing this book are politicians and not economists....more info
  • Did not receive
    I ordered "The Green Collar Economy" by Van Jones and never received it. Please check to see if this book was sent to
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    I would really like to receive this book since the cost was taken onto my credit card....more info
  • Insightful
    This is an excellent book that is well-written and stimulating to the thinking. The author makes several good points regarding turning around the economy by employing environmental solutions. By examining case studies of companies' green initiatives and their effects on marketing and consumers, Jones demonstrates how going green can be a win-win for both the bottom line and the environment....more info
  • Van is right on with Green Collar Economy
    I just ordered this, and haven't gotten my copy yet, but Van is amazing leader and speaker and I know this will be an amazing book. We have to create a green collar economy to bring people out of poverty, reduce our emissions and create a more stable economy. Van spoke at our Southeast regional conference in 2007 to a standing ovation and he was so good that students hung around him asking questions and listening for hours after he spoke. ...more info
  • A New Way to Frame the Solution
    Kudos to Jones for giving voice to a solution to the dual problems of inequality and the plight of the planet that is at once so original yet so accessible that the reader is left to think, "Well, of course, this is the path we need to take. How could it not be?" ...more info
  • a new future: green economy
    Van Jones represents what we would want our vision to be. We want to save our earth, we want real jobs that real people can do with dignity. We want our young people to be able to work, we don't want to ship all the jobs to other countries....more info
  • Excellent Read
    Excellent writing and offer of a logical solution, how come this isn't on Oprah's list?...more info
  • Green Collar Economy
    This book is very well worth reading and passing along to others. The author presents inspired - yet in many cases common-sense - solutions for the massive environmental and economic malaise that the US is mired in. Very well written and easy to read, yet without being dumbed down and insulting to the reader's intelligence. The book appears to be very thoroughly researched and there are extensive footnotes that provide more detailed background information. Definitely a book for the times that offers hope and a way forward....more info
  • The Green Collar Economy a must read!
    The Green Collar Economy is a must read for anyone who cares about the environment, the economy, and our minority population. Van Jones is brilliant, caring, concerned, knowledgable and articulate. He knows the subject matter and how to communicate it. This book will motivate anyone who cares about these issues to action!
    Rick Shoudt
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  • Great!
    Great read. Fast.

    Opened my eyes to the need to 'broaden the tent'.

    Well done Mr. Jones and thanks for doing.

    My only reason for 4 over 5 stars was that it could have been a bit deeper about the actual jobs created. e.g. limits on development, industry needs, markets, etc.

    Overall very worthwhile and I hope to see it top the best seller lists. ...more info
  • Green New Deal
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