Re: editorial, “Accept no bafflegab from candidates,” Feb. 17, 2017.
To characterize the (perceived) conflict between the environment and the economy as a choice between the planet and jobs reveals a profound misapprehension of actual realities. Even now, both nationally and internationally, renewable energy is responsible for far more job creation than the fossil fuels industry. Furthermore, it is obvious that without a hospitable planet, a prosperous economy can’t exist.
The real question is who will be the winners and who will be the losers in the inevitable shift to sustainable energy production and consumption. The longer we delay and serve the interests of the fossil fuel industry the more we cede the opportunity to lead the world with new technologies and a revitalized economy to those willing to take the risk and the initiative.
This is an issue upon which real leadership, at all levels of governance, is so desperately needed. Unfortunately, that kind of leadership is proving inconsistent with the way politics is “done” in the 21st.