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    about Obama’s speech was the seemingly thoughtless bandying about of the words “economic growth”. How can someone so supposedly attuned to environmental concerns be so apparently unaware and of the very problematic transition that is bearing down on us as we move from an economic system based on infinite growth to one that is based on steady-state economics?

    Actually, a partial answer to my own question can be found in Rob Dietz’s essay at Alternet last year here.

    The carbon tax that people are increasingly proposing would certainly be an excellent and huge step forward in dealing with climate change. What would be even better, however, would be a carbon tax as a part of a larger and more comprehensive reform of our economic system which would include some form of external cost internalization. That, in addition to a better economic metric to replace the absurd GDP (such as the Genuine Progress Indicator that Maryland has recently experimented with) would go a long way towards getting us to where we need to be if we hope to retain even a semblance of our existing industrial civilization one hundred years’ hence.

    We have got to get over this near-religious devotion to the idea of "economic growth" being the unquestionable solution to every economic and environmental problem we are facing (and by "we" i mean essentially all politicians and policy-makers and the vast majority of journalists across the political spectrum).

    Pessimism of the intellect; optimism of the will. - - Antonio Gramsci

    by lehman scott on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:12:07 PM PDT

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