For Van Jones, simply establishing a green economy is not enough. Instead, America must establish what he calls “equitable ecocapitalism”: a clean energy economy that provides equal opportunity and new jobs. An economy, Jones said, “that Dr. King would be proud of.”
Jones, a former White House adviser serving as a distinguished visiting fellow in the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, challenged those who do not believe in the power of clean energy during a Sept. 27 campus lecture.
Fossil fuels are unacceptable, in Jones’ view. “You think oil is cool, but to run your country based on oil and coal is to run your country based on death,” he said. Fossil fuels, Jones noted, are made up of the remains of living creatures that died a long time ago – our biological ancestors. “So of course it shouldn’t shock you that if you pull death out of the ground to run your engines, your power stations, that you will eventually have death in the skies and the seas. You are running a society based on death!” he said.