Friday, September 4, 2009
Van Jones, Green Jobs Czar
Longtime readers may remember this post about Van Jones from last fall ("A Green New Deal?"). At the time, I didn't know he'd be picked by the Obama Administration to be a 'green jobs czar', but I figured his ideas would have some valence with team Obama. Now he has gotten into trouble for some past statements and actions unrelated to his green jobs advocacy (See The New Republic: "Is Obama's Green Jobs Guru In Trouble?". HT: Ta-Nehisi Coates). In a way, this is unfortunate, because it detracts attention from the weakness of his "green collar economy" thesis. How can a robust, job-creating economy be built on winterizing homes and installing more expensive sources of energy?