This just in from the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON – Author and activist Van Jones will be a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation in the Obama administration.
Nancy Sutley, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said in a release Monday that Jones will start work next week to help direct the administration’s efforts to create jobs and help the environment. Sutley said Jones will work on “vulnerable communities.”
Jones founded Green for All, a national organization that promises environmentally friendly jobs to help lift people out of poverty. He wrote the New York Times best-seller “The Green Collar Economy.”
Anyone who heard Van Jones’ keynote address at our Texas Energy Future conference knows what fantastic news it is that this man now has the ear of the President and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. At the conference Van Jones gave an amazing speech to a packed house on the potential of the new green economy. For a taste of the kind of green jobs messaging the Obama Administration will hear from now on, check out this trailer — courtesy of Texas Impact.
For the full speech, check out the streaming google video after the jump. At 36 minutes, its pretty lengthy… but so, so worth it. This is the message the White House is hearing now, you should check it out. It made me cry — but then again, I’m a softy — especially for moving speeches delivered by handsome men