In view of the attention Green New Deal proposals have received there has been very little concern to assess its technical feasibility. It involves two major technical claims, firstly that renewable energy can sustain present societies at a relatively low cost, and secondly that economy can be decoupled from resource consumption and environmental impact. The validity of these assumptions is often taken for granted. Robert Pollin is unusual in providing arguments for them. This article puts forward technical reasons for rejecting both claims and then considers the implications for the design of sustainable and just systems. It is concluded that GND goals cannot be achieved unless there is large-scale degrowth to radically different economic, social and political systems. A novel perspective on the transition, contradicting GND thinking, is indicated.
Over the last three decades, a growing number of scientists and ecologists have argued that economic growth has long outstripped the capacity of the
The time is ripe for us to refocus on what really matters: not GDP, but the health and wellbeing of our people and our planet.
Even leftists keep thinking in terms of growth. As we see from the enforced /no growth/ interval in the pandemic, the instant post-capitalism dose is strong, but will the same old system return?
It would seem that a point of no return is near…
A reduction of economic activity is necessary and just – and can lead to human flourishing.