UO speaker: Job creation meets environment in renewable energy

EUGENE, Ore. -- The debate over building job infrastructure and preserving the environment is a heated topic between political parties in Washington.

"It's one against the other. Either you are going have jobs or you are going to have a survivable energy system," said Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 presidential candidate for the Green Party.

She spoke at the University of Oregon Environmental Law Conference Sunday, saying it shouldn't be a battle between our job market and our environment.

Stein, who is also with the Global Climate Convergance, said people can have both by moving to clean, renewable energy.

"We can create an absolute bonanza of jobs. We can also put people to work creating an energy efficient transportation system," She said.

Some of the students in attendance said they agree with the idea that job creation and sustainability can go hand-in-hand.

"There are avenues to make a living in this world where you can stand firm to your beliefs," said environmental volunteer Daniel Prahl.