Vote for Van Jones & Green Jobs on The Economist

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The Economist is running a 6-day poll on whether or not governments should support and try to create green jobs. It pits Van Jones (see: Van Jones is Back; NAACP: Van Jones is an American Treasure; Van Jones rejoins American Progress to lead Green Opportunity initiative; Van Jones: “Will all Americans have a fair shot at America’s fair share?”) as a proponent of green jobs against Andrew P. Morriss who thinks the federal government should not be so involved in stimulating green jobs or proactively engaging in a clean energy future.

The main quote for Van Jones: “In a world of precarious energy supplies, mounting climate concerns and a global race for clean-energy jobs, Andy Morriss suggests that Americans should sit back and leave our energy security solely to the magic of the marketplace.”

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Morriss, a professor of Law and of Business at the University of Illinois, hoists forward an academic dream that seems to have lost touch with the current reality of climate change, the economy and politics. “Political frailties dictate that we disclaim the power Van Jones seeks to mobilise and instead build institutions resistant to the disease of self-interest. Dictating our energy future from Washington, DC flunks that test.”

Vote for your choice (Van Jones & green jobs, I hope), on The Economist. You must register to vote, but registration is free.

via Climate Progress

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