The Green Collar Economy, by Van Jones, is one of the potentially cornerstone texts of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the ideas in this book that took him first to national acclaim and then to the White House also brought the ire of Glenn Beck upon him. What Jones talks about and has dedicated his life to is a revolutionary approach to solving the economic and environmental crisis at the same time. His idea, essentially, is to give out of work blue collar workers green job training and then put them to work making the urban landscape greener and more sustainable.
Save energy and create jobs- simple, right?
The way he presents it in this book, it sounds that way- in fact, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote the Foreward, and early on, Jones lays out how his idea of the green collar economy will do wonders for the economy: