Van Jones: "Nobody Should Pollute for Free"

Van Jones, the noted environmentalist who was hounded out of the Obama Administration by Glenn Beck and Fox News, spoke last month at the Commonwealth Club of California here in San Francisco. In his speech, he called for a "serious climate and energy bill" to stop companies from dumping "planet-cooking pollution" into the atmosphere. "If you take away that right to pollute for free," says Jones, "you send a signal to the only force in the world that can solve this problem - the entrepreneur."

He also described how the third wave of environmentalism -- the investment wave -- could solve inequality and catastrophe with a "Green New Deal" mindset.  The Commonwealth Club awarded Van Jones a 21st Century Visionary Award for guiding the nation to ecological equality.

Here is the full one hour and ten minute presentation.

Tags: Van Jones, Energy Issues, global climate change, environmental issues (all tags)

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RE: Van Jones: "Nobody Should Pollute for Free"

I heard this on NPR. Do you attend the speeches in person? That'd be fun.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-07-29 02:27AM | 0 recs
RE: Van Jones: "Nobody Should Pollute for Free"

I go on average twice a month. Most of the talks/events are not included in the annual membership which runs $110 for Bay Area residents. They are priced according to expected demand and are open to non-members. Members get a discount. Some of the bigger events like Gore's post 2000 election reappearance are held at the Fairmont Hotel but otherwise most are held at the Club's offices on Market Street. 

The CCC is one of the best things about SF.

 

by Charles Lemos 2010-07-29 02:46AM | 0 recs

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