Wednesday, October 17, 2007

NY Times Tom Friedman on Oakland 'Green for All'

Some believe that "truth" is only what they read by a big-name journalist in The New York Times. Very well. Now comes a gushing piece by, of all people, the "liberal" hawk, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times about "green" projects in inner-city Oakland, California:

"The Green-Collar Solution" by Thomas Friedman, New York Times, October 17, 2007.

Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland is an environmental activist whose views on the "Green" question in poor communities of color are very close to my own.

The idea of the "Green for All" campaign ( is to get federal, state, and local governments to allocate money to train 30,000 young people a year in green trades.

"If we can get these youth in on the ground floor of the solar industry now, where they can be installers today, they'll become managers in five years and owners in 10. And then they become inventors," said Mr. Jones. "The green economy has the power to deliver new sources of work, wealth and health to low-income people - while honoring the Earth. If you can do that, you just wiped out a whole bunch of problems. We can make what is good for poor black kids good for the polar bears and good for the country."
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