Jobs versus the environment

There has always been some conflict between environmental concerns and the need for people to have a job. With the current economic uncertainty this conflict is becoming more of an issue. For example see the article “Soaring emissions” in The Economist of June 4th, 2011 which deals with the politics of this issue in the United States.

We tend to treat employment as a motherhood issue. Jobs are important because they provide us with a standard of living – food, shelter and leisure activities – and because they provide a means for self identification (sometimes)..

But if we were to see the problem as one of providing food and shelter in an age of incredible agricultural and industrial efficiencies, there may be other solutions. One option might be some form of a guaranteed annual income


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