This climate justice stuff. Folk just keep arguing for what they think is a good idea instead of trying to, you know, solve climate change. Almost like they’re using it as a convenient excuse:
Phasing out fossil fuels thus means phasing out private control over energy production.
Is there any evidence, anywhere, that communal control works better in energy production?
Debt cancellation would also play a large role, to enhance public spending on social services. I think there would be other kinds of unconditional transfers of capital from places where it has been hyper-accumulated to places of lower levels of accumulation.
Those two are just such a surprise, aren’t they? And nothing to do with climate change, obviously.
Decarbonizing the world — what that might look like for people in the Global North if this vision of reparations were implemented is a lot of new jobs in green unionized sectors. It actually doesn’t look like somebody coming over to take your toaster and hand it to a Black family if you’re not Black, or an Indigenous family if you’re not Indigenous. It looks like the government more broadly doing an industrial policy that’s going to work out for most people in the world, or that could work out, depending on how it was designed. It won’t work out for private fossil fuel executives; it won’t necessarily work out for the investor class. I’m not denying that there would be losers in my version of the world. But I don’t think that the people who would lose out would be the average person, even in the Global North.
Twat. If we go out and do this the expensive way then the people paying will be poorer than if we didn’t do this, or didn’t do it the expensive way.