The Star-Ledger has just published an opinion piece written by our founder, Kathleen Biggins, after a conservative pundit lamented that climate action was jobs-killing and would hurt our economy – something that gets repeated over and over but is simply not true. Such statements are a disservice because they only look at one small piece of the equation instead of looking at the sum of all the parts.
Every job is important to individuals and communities but a job saved today that will cost many more jobs tomorrow is a Faustian bargain. It simply makes no sense to save a job today at the cost of new, climate-friendly jobs that bring more economic growth as well as important and valuable benefits like lower health care costs and a cleaner environment.
We have to find a way to reward and protect fossil fuel workers who enabled our economic growth in the past, while pivoting to the new technologies that will ensure our economic viability in the future.