The Covid-19 recession will bring fiscal stimulus on a massive scale.There are high hopes that the recovery will be green but it could be an uphill struggle.A big opportunity for Australia’s governments is to keep the renewable energy revolution going.
There will be pressure to invest in anything that quickly brings back jobs and prosperity, never mind long term, social or environmental goals.A return to the world as it was in 2019 will seem a marvellous goal for the many people whose jobs have gone or whose businesses have faltered.In order to improve the economy relative to pre-Covid, to build back better, will need governments to lead.
The forces pushing the other way are strong.Fossil fuel interests see Covid as a chance to push their barrel, all too evident in the push under way in Australia to increase gas production, regardless of the fact that it would raise greenhouse gas emissions for a long time to come.In the United States, longstanding environmental protection rules have been suspended under the cover of Covid, and Brazil’s government plans to change the rules on the Amazon while attention is on the pandemic.In China, the buzzword is “new infrastructure” but early indications are that new government spending on projects such as rail and telecoms is still overshadowed by building of coal power plants.
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by Paul Hawken and Tom Steyer
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
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