05 Apr '12, 4pm

Van Jones' New Book Shows Environmental Protection and Prosperity Go Hand-in-Hand

Van Jones' New Book Shows Environmental Protection and Prosperity Go Hand-in-Hand

Polluting industries like to say that making the air safer to breathe and the water safer to drink is a threat to economic growth. But in his new book, Van Jones confirms once again how false the old “jobs versus the environment” argument is. Instead, we can create jobs FOR the environment. “We seem to forget that everything that is good for the environment is a job,” Jones writes in Rebuild the Dream . Solar panels don’t put themselves up. Wind turbines don’t manufacture themselves. Houses don’t retrofit themselves and put in their own new boilers and furnaces and better-fitting windows and doors...Every single thing that is good for the environment is actually a job, a contract, or an entrepreneurial opportunity. The facts are on Jones’ side. The solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans , and its engineers are pioneering the next generation of clean technology....

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/fbeinecke/van_jones_new...

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