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Van Jones: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

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"We are entering the tough terrain of an unforgiving new century. But there is a path forward," says Jones in this excerpt from Greg Pahl's book, "Power from the People."

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Kit B (276)
Monday August 27, 2012, 8:07 am
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The following excerpt is from Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects by Greg Pahl, published by Chelsea Green.

This book rests an optimistic message on a pessimistic premise.

The sobering underlying thesis is that human civilization is already in big trouble—both ecologically and economically. And things are set to get much worse. The hopeful underlying message is that we still have the capacity to pull good outcomes from even the most frightening scenarios.

The paradox is this: Only by recognizing how much worse things can get can we muster the energy and creativity to win a better future. In that regard, the book you hold in your hands is not just an action guide; it is a survival guide.

The Bad News Is Very Bad

At this late date, there is no point in mincing words about the impending series of calamities. The global production of oil will soon peak, ending forever the era of cheap crude. The resulting price spikes and fuel shortages could throw all of industrial society into an ugly death spiral. Worse still: We have seen only the earliest examples of the kind of biblical disasters—the super-storms, wildfires, floods, and droughts—that climate experts predict are in the pipeline, even if we cease all carbon emissions immediately.

The polar ice caps haven’t melted yet; if they do, they will send temperatures and sea levels soaring, forcing us to redraw every coastal map in the world. Even under the friendliest scenarios, we will likely see food systems disrupted, life-sustaining fuels priced beyond reach for many, and our health challenged as tropical super-bugs invade formerly temperate climes. On a hotter planet, we could face the choice between water rationing and water riots. As stressful as the present moment is, worse times are possible—and even likely.

At the same time, the majority of the world’s people now live in cities. And though cities cover only 2 percent of Earth’s surface, they already consume 75 percent of the planet’s natural resources. As more people continue crowding into cities, that figure will climb even higher, which means urban areas have become the main driver in the ecological crisis. Many cities are sinkholes of human suffering, especially for a marginalized population of low-income earners and people of color. And in the United States, the word urban has become synonymous with the word problem. Many urban neighborhoods are plagued by economic desperation, violence, pollution, and crumbling infrastructure.

Climate change and the economic and equity crises of our communities may appear to have little in common, but they share a key determining factor—namely, our near-complete dependence on coal, oil, and natural gas. The carbon dioxide produced by driving our vehicles, heating (and cooling) our homes, and lighting our cities with fossil fuels is the main culprit behind climate change. Meanwhile, that same dependence on fossil fuels sucks billions of dollars every year out of communities across America, with the poorest households often hit hardest.

But what if we found ways to power our homes, businesses, factories, and vehicles that didn’t warm the planet, that kept local dollars circulating in local economies, and that even created local jobs? What if we spread those climate-friendly, local-economy-boosting, job-creating ideas to every city and town across the country?
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Past Member (0)
Monday August 27, 2012, 5:12 pm
Thanks for this article.

Amelia Coates (17)
Monday August 27, 2012, 7:54 pm
gee... the RNC says there's no such thing. huh.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:22 am
Van Jones is a known communist. He's a radical agitator. He's Obama's friend. Obama handpicked him to be his green czar in 2008 and ended up having to "get rid of him" BECAUSE his communist background had been exposed.

Google Van Jones.

Geela Green (2)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 5:26 am
LOVE Van Jones. Thank you.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 7:33 am
Oh pleazzzz Diane O. Yes, reader PLEASE DO google Van Jones.

You might find out that he is:

American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and attorney.

Jones is a co-founder of three non-profit organizations. In 1996, he founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a California non-governmental organization (NGO) working for alternatives to violence. In 2005, he co-founded Color of Change, an advocacy group for African Americans. In 2007, he founded Green For All, a national NGO dedicated to "building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. In 2008, Time magazine named Jones one of its "Heroes of the Environment". Fast Company called him one of the "12 Most Creative Minds of 2008".

In July 2009 he became "embroiled in a controversy over his past political activities, including a public comment disparaging congressional Republicans,

(oh oh he spoke up about the Republicans he made an enemy there)

his name appearing on a petition for, and allegations of association with a Marxist group during the 1990s. For these issues, Van Jones was heavily criticized by conservatives. Jones resigned from the position in early September 2009.

"On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me," Jones said in his resignation statement. "They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide.

(Now isn't that right out of those Conservatives playbook....hey Faux News get your lie machine rolling)

So here we go Diane, with the McCarthy era and omg the Communist are coming. He signed a 911 Truth Out Petition. Guess what I did too. Does that make me a Communist too Diane? Must be where these Conservatives get their wierd ideas that the Russians are coming to THEIR local neighborhood, because all of us that would like to have a FULL INDEPENDENT review of the circumstances surrounding the 9-11 are in fact Communists.

Many of you who are Conservatives think nothing of following the likes of Ayn Rand, that jumps on the bandwagon of greed and selfishness. That is perfectly ok, even the ones who claim they are Christian think that is ok too, kick them while they are down, if they are down they must of done it to themselves, let them grovel in the dirt, they did it to themselves, no help for them, I'm ok, your not so who cares. Yup real nice Christian thinking, and forgetting what would Jesus do. But at any point in your life you rubbed shoulders with a marxist, oh gee the world is going to end. How dare people think that maybe uncontrolled Capitalism with no regulations is not a good thing, that when it only allows a few to become extremely rich while many suffer that it's ok. While others may think, like myself, that hey, it's alright to have a system where things might be a bit more fair and equitable. But hey, what do I know about anything I'm a registered Independent.

Ok, off my soapbox.


Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 8:25 am
'White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Sunday explained the resignation on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," saying, "Van Jones decided was that the agenda of this president was bigger than any one individual." The president does not endorse Jones's past statements and actions, "but he thanks him for his service," Gibbs said."

Van Jones was bad enough that Obama let him go...

David C (131)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 8:38 am
Always good advice.....

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 8:39 am
Remember I'm an Independent Diane, so I am not an Obama supporter either, so my opinion on my feeling for Van Jones does not change based on that statement. I don't think either Party is doing enough in the environmental arena, and if we don't have a planet to live on, it matters not if someone is a conservative or a marxist, or anything else. I will vote, but I'm third Party, and no not the Communist Party either.

Try the Justice Party, which is what I think we all need to get around here. I'm so tired of politics as usual that have gotten us to where we are and I place blame at BOTH Parties feet. I happen to think if the Republicans get in our race to the bottom will be swifter, not liking the American Taliban mentality with them, but ok, crash and burn, then maybe people will be ready for the Justice Party.
Vote Anderson/Rodriguez 2012

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:31 am

Diane - I am left wondering if you really did any research beyond the rhetoric on this man. I don't just read and look for what I think I know I look for actual facts even if they don't agree with what I think I know. What is a communist? Someone who read Karl Marx and liked the idea of an ideal world? So far, no country has ever practiced communism, humans are far too selfish and self centered for a Utopian world. The USSR was a totalitarian government that used the ideas of Marx to begin a revolution.

Van Jones is neither a communist nor an atheist. He may be an idealist, but idealist can some times lead others to seek meaningful change. He is owned by no one, follows his own thoughts and ideas, and has many followers that again are neither communist nor atheist. He does however, believe strongly in power of humans to over come the powers that currently are destroying what few freedoms we have left in this country. He rejects the ideas that are so overwhelmingly the presentiment of today. That only by allowing subjection to monied interests can this country go forward. I believe that money has it's place, just not in owning nor determining the legislation for the people of the United States or the world.


Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:38 am
Kit, of course I've done research on Van Jones. Quite a bit, actually. There difference between us, Kit, is that you have liberal beliefs. I do not. So, right there, we are going to lock horns on who or what we believe to be significant or relevant as it relates to our country, the earth, homosexuality, gay marriages, abortion, etc....we will never agre on anything.

So, in summary, I will just say this: "Obama gave Van Jones his walking papers from the White House." You have a great deal of respect for Obama.

I rest my case.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:39 am
typo: The difference between..."

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 9:53 am

I have very little respect for Obama and even less for Romney. If I had my choice in leaders it would have been one of those completely ignored. Either Buddy Roemer, Gary Johnson, Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein, any of those who have respect for the people of the United States, and the real purpose of governing. Yes, because I believe absolutely that if one person is denied civil and human rights then we are all subject to the denial of those rights, I am considered a liberal. Abortion is a private matter between a woman, her doctor, her religious leader or just her own conscience. I dare not ever impose my own beliefs on any other human being, when the issue is so private and so very personal.

I agree on many issues with many republicans, on other issues, I disagree. The most important issues of governing that I will stand firmly against is the intrusion of religion and private monied interests in the government of the United States.

The earth? As to global warming - it's realities are right in front of us. The science is well proven with over 40+ years of non-political intrusion. We either accept reality or surrender and live a life much different then we have grown accustomed to living. I am not, nor do I accept grand conspiracy theories. I have followed the science and sadly watched it unfold as predicted, though much of this happening faster then once expected.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:03 am
Then we are actually very much alike in that we are independent thinkers. We are bound to have our differences. I am not a conspiracy theory person either.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:06 am

Before the first meeting of JFK and Khrushchev, Khrushchev passed a private letter to Salinger within a newspaper, this was a letter to JFK. It began a long series of letters between the two leaders. In one letter JFK said, 'I know that we not change our thinking because of these letters, but we will learn to respect and understand each other as human beings.' ( paraphrased) This is what is missing in today's debates. We do not try to understand the ideas and feelings that are a part of the humanity within each of us. We are far too quick to condemn and believe that only our own or the ideas of our chosen political affiliation are the correct way of thinking. Actually, neither are fully correct and the only answers lie some where in the middle ground between two radical parties.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 10:15 am

I thought through our private discussions we already knew that about one another, Diane. I long ago learned to accept that few things proclaimed by candidates are truth, and few things that people chose to follow are built upon firm and undeniable truths. We tend to be followers, often without really knowing why. I chose to follow a more academic approach in my life. I am less concerned with "fitting-in" then knowing and understanding actual facts and realities about our country and our world.

Nothing is more easy to manipulate then fear, and as long as Americans chose to follow leaders that use the device of fear, we will have even more problems in our future.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 11:08 am
Just sent a big green star to the attractive lady above this post *biggest grin*

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 11:29 am

Thanks Diane - maybe we can lead an example of how people can accept different ideas and still offer an olive branch to the other.

l L (1)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:06 pm
Wow... Diane O from the front section... In conversation with Dandelion And Kit... My two favorites amongst many who can hold their own and present their logic. I remember that front section.. couldn't get anywhere with Diane.. she was locked into her position no matter... I guess Kit and Dandelion have softened her up a tad... Godd conversation. .. I learned much... I feel the frustration and am wathing the courage...
I admire and respect Van Jones... He walks the walk... he is articulate and highly intelligent and can hold his own in a square off of ideas, conversations and insights.
Unfortunately what has supposidley happened in history ... it's shades of gray is brought out here in these insights, that I knew nothing of.

With lack of many untold truths, we make assumptions on missing informations, that are pointed out here.

Whose a communist, who isn't, what is a communist etc.
Van cares enough to stick his neck out for other people to have some sort of quality of life and not be ( Iam looking for a suitible word) dissillioned.

We know that has takened over when one is looking for understanding and explanations to the whys and wherefores of the living. We also know, it is the many reasons why people turn to drugs and vices.

I commend all of us who stick our necks out for even the smallest, or fraction of the human race. There are no guarantees you will keep it. There always seems to be an misinformed enemy out there who feel it is their quest to silence you. Only with a humaan heart who knows and feels and understands the plight of the human can master in an intelligent conversation to sway the mind(s) to consider a/the point(s) being made.
I commend my champions here for a job well said and done.
The article here; says things that many of us have said at one time or another. It testifies that we are not blind. Neither is Van. All other paths are political and Van is doing his thing where he is counted as needed.
not everyone understand communism and now the word totalitarian is front and center. THats totalitarian for dictatorship.. Right?

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:16 pm

I agree with many things that you have said Lyn, I do admire what Van Jones is working toward. I am a part of "Restore the Dream" and do think his very moderate and sensible approach holds many answers for our future. I do know Diane and didn't really "soften" her. She is an intelligent, strong woman and stands by what she believes. If I do not respect the beliefs of others then how can I ever expect them to respect mine?

l L (1)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:43 pm
Kit I understand what you say and mean. Diane has left me with the opinion of her that I can't reason with her or make her see any other point that is not hers.
That's what I get when I listen to the religious right, tea party, and republicans, neo cons.
Thoughts become actions and they don't include 99%of us.
I don't dislike Diane. She's just soooooooooooo Diane O.
Some people go and study the rest of us.. Some change with time and a bad experience.. Until then... what?
We have dialog and hope something gets thru in the way of insights and understanding.

You are to be admired Kit.. I guess I will keep tuned to see how this works out... I can always learn.

Rhonda B (106)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 12:46 pm
good article

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 1:11 pm

As I said above about JFK, we will not change any one into thinking as we do, and the more the issues are forced the less likely a conversation can develop. The best thing about getting older is that you do really begin to learn acceptance, life throws so much at us that we must learn acceptance or break under the burden of pain.

Brian - I do so hope you are wrong. Though food and water shortages, toxic land for growing food, air that is fully polluted could well lead us into uncharted territory. I just hope it is not in another World War, no one can win, and everyone will lose.

Christeen A (368)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:21 pm
Power from the people. Sustainable energy.

Diane O (194)
Tuesday August 28, 2012, 2:55 pm
lyn, no, my political position is firm. However, I honor freedom of speech and I know there are good liberals in this world. When opposing views clash in personal attacks and all caps responses (LOL) then people literally give away their personal power to teach and share. I'm not one to get down in the mud. I am, in fact, a soft southern lady with a big republican heart. Kit and I go way back and we respect each other's point of view. Yes, it is possible even here on Care 2!

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday August 29, 2012, 5:41 pm
Noted & thanks, Kit---you and Dandelion said it all. I have a great deal of respect for Van Jones...lots of integrity, and is working hard on Rebuild the Dream, of which I'm happy to receive their mailings.
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