The Common Good

Obama: Get Two for the Price of One on the Economy and Environment

President-elect Obama,

You need a smart, elegant "signature initiative" that will solve many problems at once. Green For All recommends that you create a Clean Energy Corps to put people to work retrofitting, rebooting, and repowering the nation with renewable energy. We have so many people who need work: construction workers, veterans, urban and rural youth, people coming home from prison. We have so much work that needs to be done: installing solar panels, manufacturing wind turbines, weatherizing homes, planting trees. If you connect the people who most need work to the work that most needs to be done, you can beat the recession and global warming at the same time.

Van Jones is author of the New York Times bestseller The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems and president of Green For All.

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