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  •  The anti-growth agenda is already in action. (3+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, happymisanthropy, BigOkie

    ‘Bipartisan’ government policy is already sending as much money as possible to the top, by design, to stifle growth in the general economy, reduce public consumption etc. They know what it takes to create jobs (more money in consumers’ pockets) and they’re intentionally doing the exact opposite of that.
    The anti-growth agenda is already in action because we're running out of fossil fuels. They wouldn’t be building a trillion-dollar pipeline to ship in the hardest-to-refine-shit-in-the-world (tar sands) if there was still plenty of oil. To sustain the levels of growth to which we’re accustomed would require a serious expansion in the development of renewable energy, an expansion that would reduce the market share (and the political power) of conventional energy. That’s not going to happen. Conventional energy will not give up its political power by accepting the reduction in market share that would occur with a serious expansion in the development of renewable energy.
    We’re headed for an ugly and painful economic slowdown, to preserve and protect the political power of conventional energy (administered by a political system that is protecting the market share of conventional energy by blocking necessary expansions in the development of renewable energy). If you’re looking for a root cause, it’s the current political system in which money = speech.

    •  Not sure I agree with that last part (4+ / 0-)
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      squarewheel, SaraBeth, pat bunny, G2geek

      The root cause here is much deeper than money=speech---it's that the entire economic paradigm for the last few hundred years is premised on the idea of an expanding economy, with greater material consumption.  That's an idea that's been subscribed to by and large on both the left and the right, for a long long time.  (FDR after all was one of the greatest boosters of growth we've had as a president.)

      contraposition.org - thoughts on energy, the environment, and society.

      by barath on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 12:02:34 PM PDT

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