Brian and I have been saying for years that both the planet and the economy needed was for the world/Australia needed to do was to go on a WWll style war footing to save the planet and boost the economy. Now the US Democrats have endorsed a WW2-scale mobilisation on the climate challenge. Hillary is promising to mobilise a global effort on a scale not seen since the second world war to tackle climate change, if elected US president in November.
That became official Democrat policy on Wednesday at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia.
Within 100 days of assuming office, Clinton promises to bring together engineers, scientists, policy experts and activists “to chart a course to solve the global climate crisis”.
The party called for a clean energy revolution and a federal investigation into fossil fuel companies accused of misleading the public about the risks of climate change.
It did not embrace all the most climate hawkish proposals, rejecting a carbon tax, fracking ban and climate test for new energy infrastructure.
A key point to make here is that wars tend to boost the economy (unless you are the ones being bombed to smithereens). It is not unreasonable to expect that going onto a climate challenge war footing will have a similar effect.
The benefits might be more for many countries if the free trade agreements are set aside for this campaign so that the economic boost will go to countries acting on the climate challenge, not just the few countries that manufacture the world’s cheapest solar panels.