|In "Many Cites" Buses Have Few Riders|
- Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers
- Create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States
- Invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century
- Secure for all people of the United States for generations to come: clean air and water; climate and community resiliency; healthy food; access to nature; and a sustainable environment
- Promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (“frontline and vulnerable communities”)
With the hard turn towards creating a more green economy, it should come as no surprise that now Jane Yellen as the face of the Treasury Department’s free money initiative recently addressed the G7 telling them, we "should be focused on what more we can do to provide support at this time." She went on to "emphasized the commitment of the Biden Administration to multilateralism to solve global issues, stating that the United States “places a high priority on deepening our international engagement and strengthening our alliances."
The fact Yellen also "expressed strong support for G7 efforts to tackle climate change, highlights how just a small percentage of votes can cause a 180-degree change in a country's policies. Yellen even went further expressing her strong belief that G7 countries "must work to address the challenges facing low-income countries who are struggling to respond to the pandemic." Several Central Banks have already endorsed the green agenda. This all falls into the scenario that it's time to finally fix the world and together we have the ability to create the money to do it. In short, we will spend and you should too.
Enough about the money and the politics behind all this, the reality is, much of the direction the world takes will have less to do with the environment than the image those in charge wish to project. If any of these people really gave a damn about the environment the first word out of their mouth would be "conserve" and then they would be talking about reducing waste. This is the low-hanging fruit that could be quickly reached and picked at little cost. Both would make a great difference. The reason nobody talks about this is that conserving and reducing waste would cause the GDP to fall like a stone.
Footnote: The two articles below explore some of the issues noted above. The first details how buses run empty across many American cities. The second delves into while there are many new and exciting ways to recycle and cut energy waste, public officials seldom talk about conservation.
(Republishing of this article welcomed with reference to Bruce Wilds/AdvancingTime Blog)