“[Americans are] probably the best entertained and least informed people in the world,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., said Friday at the BuiltGreen Conference in Seattle, noting that we know more about the decline of Britney Spears than we do about global warming. It was one grim truth among many that he shared with the audience of architects, planners, and green building folks.

Kennedy also lamented the current state of our economic markets — “rigged to reward the most filthiest producers, the expensive, ‘poisoniest’ and destructive fuels from hell, rather than the clean green cheap fuels from heaven” — and called for better wind and solar infrastructure.

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“In 100 percent of situations, good environmental policy is identical to good economic policy,” he said. “A true free market would encourage us to properly value our natural resources.”

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