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Jobs are good. A decent standard of living is good. Both generate emissions. Let’s get over it.

I’ve written a new column for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Titled When Emissions Disappear, So Do Jobs, it has been published:

We may, some day, inhabit a world in which higher carbon dioxide emissions are not indicators of human well-being. But that is not the world we live in now.

This is the hard part about being a grownup. We have to put aside fairy tales and confront reality. Policies that ignore reality are wasteful – and are therefore the exact opposite of sustainable.

world_co2_emissions click to enlarge

During my research for this column, I generated the above graph in Excel. (The numbers were cut-and-pasted from the

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