Caroline Lucas says:
But we must replace this with targeted investment in the energy efficiency and renewable energy infrastructure we so urgently need to enable us to make a swift transition to a steady-state, zero carbon economy.
\”steady state economy\”.
No growth. Ever. The current level of material wealth enjoyed is all that we Brits will ever be allowed to have. Doesn\’t matter how much better technology gets, or productivity, Caroline Lucas insists that we must not have growth at all: for that\’s what \”steady state\” means.
This entire 250 year experiment in living standards increasing generation by generation is to be dumped, junked, because a PhD in Elizabethan poetry thinks it\’s icky.
Now you might argue that this isn\’t what she means by \”steady state\”….but that\’s what it does mean. You might also argue that such a steady state economy would be a good idea, in which case I would tell you to go fuck yourself right rigid, my speaking on behalf of all the generations to come after us of course.
You might even say that such a steady state economy is the only possible sustainable outcome in which case I would point out that you are sadly misinformed. For the scientific consensus is that the economy will grow between 5 and 11 times in this coming century. That scientific consensus telling us that as long as we can reduce CO2 output (which we clearly and obviously can, as the scientific consensus also tells us) everything is going to be just hunky dory.
What is it about Greens that they refuse to read or understand the scientific consensus? The IPCC reports themselves?