Van Jones to Headline Energy Forum

Van Jones
Van Jones

Van Jones, best-selling author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, heads a lineup of top leaders in the energy industry set to appear at the "Black Enterprise Conversation on Energy Forum, Part II." The invitation-only event will take place on Monday, Nov. 8, at the Liaison Hotel Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. However, visitors to the Black Enterprise/Shell Conversation on Energy website will be able to ask questions. The forum takes place at a time of heightened concern about safety in the face of growing global demand for energy, particularly in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A panel on "Energy Responsibility," moderated by Black Enterprise Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne, will include Green for All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins; Shell Oil Co. Vice President of Technical Support/Deep Water Ernst den Hartigh; Urban Solutions Inc. President and CEO Dan Packer; and Entergy Inc. Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer Roderick West. The event will include top energy-company executives, economists, green-economy activists and association leaders, with a focus on challenges and opportunities related to energy responsibility and sustainability for African-American communities, workers and business owners. The experts will also address how African Americans can gain greater job and business opportunities in the energy industry. We wonder if they will address the president's comments about scaling back green initiatives in the wake of losses to Republicans during the midterm elections?

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