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Quick thread on why #GreenNewDeal is what the future of environmental politics has to look like (against skeptics who say it's immature to run together lefty economics concerns like distribution & social provision with environmental policy):
It's impossible to separate environmental from economic policy. There are 3K tons of infrastructure for every person. We live by a huge exoskeleton of energy systems, food systems, concrete & cable, etc. These are our species-metabolism, & w/them we shape the planet.
Therefore, any meaningful environmental policy has to be about the shape of the built environment: housing, energy, rural landscapes. Inevitably such policy will also be a choice over what kind of work is prized & financed (farming, ag labor, green retrofitting, etc.
It's a mistake to separate economic (or environmental) policy from issues of distribution. That separation has been standard in policy thinking for decades, but we're seeing that it doesn't work. Inequality is deepening, it has terrible social & political results ...
... & the imagined policy tools to mitigate it *after* we pass a wealth-maximizing policy have predictably not emerged in real life. The distribution of wealth, power, & vulnerability in economic/environmental policy is a direct & urgent issue.
Finally, there's no separating these issues from judgments about basic value. As @KateAronoff has said, climate politics is about who gets to live in the 21st century. The GND advances an idea that caregiving, solidarity, social & ecological reproduction ...
... should be front & center in the economy/environment's table of values--reflected in public investment, social provision, the tax structure, everything. An economy is both a theory of value & a material exoskeleton for the species, & together these make a world.
Bottom line: The GND is a progressive/social democratic version of a green political economy. Neoliberal, nationalist, & democratic socialist or other radical versions all exist or will emerge. All these emphases will be contested. But the basic terms are now foundational:
You cannot separate ecology, economics, distribution, & a vision of a good society/the value of life. They're nested and entangled together in the nature of the problems.
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