Do you think being green is good for our economy?



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    There is always the ever increasing green jobs; and as we all know, jobs are the backbone of any economy.

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    Definitely. As an example, if our society is able to move towards alternative renewable energy sources, I think we would be much better off. As of now, the majority of our energy comes from coal and other fossil fuels, much of which are imported. Importing fuel for energy is a crutch in our economy and mining fossil fuels is becoming increasingly more complex. As we have seen with the BP spill; we are taking enormous environmental risks investing in resources that take millions of years to form and are constantly being depleted every day. Eventually we will have no choice, (whether it be from overwhelming climate change or depletion of stock) fossil fuels will become inadequate and renewable resources will take over. It is only a matter of time before this happens, so there is little reason not to pursue alternative energies to save the planet and benefit our economy. Here is a graph showing our dependence on fossil fuels (1997)[img_assist|nid=195738|title=energy|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=457]

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    “Going green” can often save a business money in the long run, as well as increasing good press for that company.  The saved money can be used to hire new employees, etc.  In the long term, I think that going green could be a very helpful trend within the economy.

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    In the terms of this argument I will define going green as conserving our natural capital and maintaining lifestyles that will keep us at or below carrying capacity.  Our capitalistic economy experiences large growths at time, but inevitably there will also be a large crash to follow. It is unsustainable for an economy to continue growing. Economic growth has its limits due to the high costs of growth (devastating environmental effects and an increasing disparity between the wealthy and poor). Economic growth is an increase in production and consumption of goods and services. 

    By adopting sustainable values (values centered around keeping us below carrying capacity rather than material consumption) into our economy we can develop a steady state economy that is relatively stable instead of the unstable economies the world has been facing in the past few centuries. Any non-physical component of an economy (e.g. knowledge) can grow indefinitely, however the physical components (e.g. supplies of natural resources, human populations, and stocks of human-build capital) are limited. In a steady state economy growth of degrowth can be established at a sustainable scale that does not exceed ecological limits.

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