Introduction by: Congresswoman Hilda Solis (CA – 32) *Invited*
Featured Author: Van Jones, founder and president, Green for All; senior fellow, Center for American Progress; author, The Green Collar Economy
Moderated by: Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
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.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a provocative discussion around The Green Collar Economy.
Copies of The Green Collar Economy will be available for purchase
If you are a member of the press and would like to RSVP, please email Jason Rahlan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is free.
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.
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