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I had to miss Van Jones' speech, so I'm very glad to have this synopsis available. Fascinating statistic that just as many Americans are employed in the wind energy sector as in coal mines.

Mr. Jones also makes an important point about the role of government in making environmental justice possible. Maintaining political pressure on Congress is becoming all the more critical in the face of legislative attacks on federal GHG regulation. The Barrasso bill, which was introduced today, would prohibit federal agencies from regulating carbon emissions, and severely limit state governments' abilities to do so as well. Another bill is in the works, courtesy of climate change denier extraordinaire James Inhofe, which would also bar the EPA from limiting carbon emissions.

Hopefully Congress will recognize that the American people favor innovation over stagnation, and that sustainable energy production goes hand in hand with stable economic growth. If not, this would be a great time for us to remind them.

Great article. You did a nice breakdown.

This article did a commendable job of explaining what occurred at each of the panels.

However, one thing I would have liked to see was a brief description at the outset of what precisely PAR is. As someone not familiar with EJ issues in any depth, I found myself having to reverse engineer the definition and nature of PAR, and how each panel/lecture fit within the broader outlines.

Going forward, Currents should ensure that reviews (whether of books, panels, etc.) provide some basic introductory statement for readers with little to knowledge of a subject matter area.

Great ideas coming out of the Symposium - thanks for the review, guys!
The importance of community participation is so often forgotten in the environmental movement, to its great detriment.

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