Pitting the environment against the economy as a political debate issue is an asinine position to take. Ignorant in the extreme. Fatuous. Disingenuous and just bloody stupid. You have to wonder if those who do (the media, the provincial Liberals and the Conservatives) understand the economy at all. Clearly they have proven they don’t understand the environment to the point that they are killing that which sustains us but it is hard to believe that they could miss two out of two. What nincompoops!
The economy is a concept, a man-made construct. It is the whole of our personal trades and exchanges and it is as much a fantasy construct as say, our forms of entertainment. The economy is not real without people saying it is. The economy is just an agreement.
The environment, on the other hand is real. It exists whether we do or not. The environment is real in a much bigger examination than is the study of the economy. In fact, the economy rises and falls and even collapses now or then based entirely on our collective moods. If we lose confidence in the economy it diminishes and, if we are optimistic, it grows. Could there be a better definition of a fantasy? It’s just like bogey-men in the closet.
Which invites a whole other discussion on bogey-men (like ISIS) but I would digress…
The economy is our collective mindset, our construct. We can change it. In fact, we have changed it from time to time. We had the agrarian-based economy of yesteryear, the industrial-based one that is slowly ebbing and the current information-based global economy already morphing somewhat into the specialty divisions of biology and robotics and God-knows-what-all. Changing the base of the economy is what we do. It is one of the ways we think we grow as a species (the jury is still out on that). Getting off oil is not going to kill us. Difficult? Yes. Unknowable? Yes. Killing? Not so much.
So, really, where is the debate coming from? Why would the media and the politicians make it look like we have to choose between living in a dying world or dying in a living one? What is wrong with their heads?
And, even more to the point: economies in transition are invariably dynamic. Things grow at a rapid-paced level. The so-called economy gets bigger faster and with more surprises. People get rich. Things get better. What is not to like?
The Pope is even now pushing alternative energy – that’s a surprise, out-of-the-blue, spokesman for the GREENing we so desperately need. Obama and Clinton just jumped onto the GREEN bandwagon. Elon Musk has been on that wagon for some time. Finally, the ‘leaders’ are going GREEN. Might be too late but they have come to the party.
Harper is staying home, cleaning his room and washing his hair.
Our leaders are debating whether we should have a robust economy or whether we fret about the spotted owl? And robust – to them – is fossil fuels! Talk about stupid. It would be funny if the media wasn’t giving that topic some credence. They should be ashamed. And we should not tolerate it. If you hear anyone say, “Well, I like marmots as much as the next guy but I gotta feed my kids, eh?”, slap that doofus upside the head and tell him that marmots are better for the real economy than Harper or Clark.
Vote Spotted owl.