Thanks for posting this Veda Hoyes. We need to catch up with other countries, but first somebody needs to shake some sense into Caltrans as they are not following their own so-called transportation priorities. ... See MoreSee Less
As I observed in my June 9 post, the importance of environmental sustainability has played a major role in the opposition to Caltrans' Richardson Grove HWY 101, smith River 199/197 and SR 299 projects, while the desire for increased economic development has largely been cited by those supporting access for oversize trucks allowed only on the National Highway System. My focus has been to debunk the economic need for this project, which without going into details here has not been that hard. Over the last decade some environmental organizations have limited their involvement in the economic issues because they seem outside of the organizations' core mission. At the same time, even politicians against the project will exclaim that 'some fights are worth fighting more than others", or "I don't want to waste my political capital". I would correlate both these hesitant positions, at least partially, with the failure to fully connect economic and environmental sustainability. A new economic framework is needed to correct the erroneous assumptions of Keynes, Friedman, and Greenspan.
Kate Raworth of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute has been doing just that. She presented a Ted talk about 4 years ago on her Donut Economics theory that got a lot of attention and released a book on the subject last month. Don't let the name fool you - I'll take donuts over trickle-down any day!