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My new post: I tried to put into words (a lot of words) what has frustrated me about so much criticism of the Green New Deal. In short, this is not a normal political moment and we don’t have a lot of time to fk around. vox.com/energy-and-env…
Genuinely amazing to me how many people purportedly on the left have reacted with horror to a proposal to make sure Americans have jobs and health care. Just horror & bafflement. The very idea!
I tried to explain in the piece why it's important, during a rapid & inevitably disruptive economic transformation, to protect ordinary people. It's not some silly leftist add-on. It's a way to get support from people who may not find "lower GHGs" compelling on their own.
Here, @rgunns explains why measures to protect people through the transition are not a "wish list."
Here, @rgunns explains how it feels, for people from vulnerable & traditionally excluded communities, to hear bearded white wonks dismissing their welfare as some sort of trinket to be traded away.
Here, @JedediahSPurdy explains why environmental & economic policy cannot be separated:
It would be cool if all the VSPs and aspiring VSPs echoing the "wish list" critique would show some evidence of having read & engaged the counter-arguments, but I guess I'm just a dreamer.
I don't have the wherewithal to run through all the arguments again today. Instead I'm going to get back to reading @dwallacewells' book, sinking further into despair, & contemplating how wildly, cosmically unserious all the Serious arguments sound in light of what's happening.
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