Saturday, July 31, 2010

Seems like a good idea to me

Australia's Green Party leadership advocates a steady-state economy, rather than the standard one that assumes infinite growth.Given our environmental and energy realities, we're going to head that way eventually. We can still have reasonably comfortable lives - just those lives will have to be led within the confines of what nature makes available. Forget about single-use products, owning your own Hummer, taking a flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, or keeping every light in the house on while blasting the AC at arctic levels. Those days are over, and will be replaced eventually by something more sustainable. That aside, the upshot is that the Greens are poised to become a major force in Australia this year.

As an aside, I recall about two or three years ago reading about how over the next decade the big debate among Australian politicos would be over how green to be. I'll try to see if I can dig up the link at some point. Australia may be a harbinger.

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