VOICES: Economic interest depend on a healthy planet
Economic interests cannot come at the expense of a livable planet. Indeed, our economic interests depend on a healthy planet. Take a look at the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which caused an immediate loss of an estimated 10,000 jobs and over $1 billion in revenue lost to the commercial fishing industry. Now, a decade later, the area has still not environmentally or economically recovered.
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“We can create new jobs with livable wages”
I’d be interested to know what jobs “we can create” that pay “livable wages”? Is there a list somewhere?
The real problem is that too few people take their education seriously so it can prepare them for fill jobs that pay a “living wage”. As it is now, too few of our students, if they graduate at all, choose to study and work at a productive level that makes them worth a living wage especially in a State with one of the highest costs of living in the nation. If you pay people more than they are worth, giving then more value (kala) than they are able to produce (i.e. their productivity) it will only serve to further increase inflation and bring those livable wages back to an unlivable wage level in relation to the costs of living. If you choose not to do the things that make you valuable to an employer, then you’re choosing poverty. Your future is in your ands and not the responsibility of others.
I am wondering what the author’s area of expertise is. Is it economics or climate science?
The thing with intellectuals is that they can offer up ideas outside of their area of expertise but have no consequences when they fail.
Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell is an excellent read. There are also many videos of him on the subject on youtube but the book is great.
Is your area of expertise “intellectuals”?