Van Jones Forced to Resign

van-jones-smileAmid growing “controversy” Van Jones announced late Saturday his resignation as special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

“On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me,” Jones said in a statement released to the press.  “They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide. I have been inundated with calls — from across the political spectrum — urging me to ‘stay and fight.’ But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future.”

Jones has issued two public apologies in recent days, one for signing a petition in 2004 calling for an investigation into 9/11 and possible involvement by the Bush administration as a pretext for war, another for using a derogatory term to describe republicans in a speech he gave before joining the Obama administration.

Jones was founder of Green for All, and advocacy group  that works to bring the new green economy to the benefit of all Americans (and of which most readers of this blog are already familiar). Jones also founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights based in Oakland California.

Further reading:
Washington Post
Fox News
New York Times
Climate of Fear (essay)

Tom is the founder, editor, and publisher of and the TDS Environmental Media Network. He has been a contributor for Triple Pundit since 2007. Tom has also written for Slate, Earth911, the Pepsico Foundation, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, and many other sustainability-focused publications. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists

7 responses

  1. Its too bad for every one to let the media control our future .The media’s interest is the next story to fill time slots, As if they have
    perfect past , everything and every body changes through life . To assume Mr Jones was half of what was smeared upon him is criminal. No tv interview one on one for us to even have a chance to know the truth. What happened to innocent until proven guilty ? Van Jones was denied this right plain and simple…

  2. I’m deeply saddened by this. Van Jones is an awesome, motivated, inspired individual. I saw him speak at the annual Bioneers conference in 2008.

    I just don’t understand this. Is this what Americans believe in, hate mongering and lies, mean spirited attacks on anyone and everyone that does not agree with their far right agenda?

    It seems to get more and more hostile every day.

    It’s a sad day…

    1. Actually, the “media” was paying attention to his current job. It was only FOX news who created this controversy. The rest of the media ignored it for the farce it was until it was too late.

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