Van Jones: "Nobody Should Pollute for Free"
by Charles Lemos, Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 02:11:42 AM EDT
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.