Green economy pioneer Van Jones discusses his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider. In Rebuild the Dream, he explains why he resigned his post as a special advisor to the Obama White House and proposes a plan to fix our democracy and renew the American dream.
In the summer of 2009, Van Jones, special adviser on the environment and green jobs to President Obama, faced a media firestorm. It was fueled by investigations into his past. Jones, a committed environmental activist and civil rights attorney, resigned the following September. "On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide," he said at the time. Since Jones resigned over two years ago, President Obama has faced mounting criticism from environmental activists, while contenders for the GOP nomination claim that the president is too extreme in his efforts to protect the environment.
Van Jones, founder and president of Green for All, co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the author of The Green Collar Economy talks about green collar jobs and how they can not only save the planet, but our economy.