There a constant message that the economy and going green are in opposition to one another. They have to be balanced. It is insidious propaganda.
Sometimes it takes the form of arguing that while standard of living will drop quality of life will improve. The definitions are...
Standard of living refers to the level of wealth, comfort, material goods, and necessities available to a certain socioeconomic class or geographic area. Quality of life, on the other hand, is a subjective term that can measure happiness.
The message is that greening the economy is going to cost us personally in reduced standard of living. We are being prepped to expect it to happen. It is like arguing the development of the car would ruin the economy because it would put the horse and buggy crowd out of business. Human advancement generally improves our standard of living.
Achieving the target goals will be highly challenging. Yet in Greening the Global Economy, economist Robert Pollin shows that they are attainable through steady, large-scale investments—totaling about 1.5 percent of global GDP on an annual basis—in both energy efficiency and clean renewable energy sources. Not only that: Pollin argues that with the right investments, these efforts will expand employment and drive economic growth.
Drawing on years of research, Pollin explores all aspects of the problem: how much energy will be needed in a range of industrialized and developing economies; what efficiency targets should be; and what kinds of industrial policy will maximize investment and support private and public partnerships in green growth so that a clean energy transformation can unfold without broad subsidies.
All too frequently, inaction on climate change is blamed on its potential harm to the economy. Pollin shows greening the economy is not only possible but necessary: global economic growth depends on it.
The message that we can't green the economy without lowering/damaging our standard of living is designed to make people doubt the speed of transition we can aim for and support projects like TMX because we need to keep the economy going.
NDPP provided this link in another thread:
Western(Capitalist) vs. Indigenous
Competition vs. Harmony
Materialism vs. Prudence
Acquisition vs. Reciprocity
Accumulation vs. Distribution
Ownership vs. Kinship
Growth vs. Sustainability
Immediacy vs. Caring for Future Generations