Letters to the Editor: We need another New Deal, but with climate change action
To the editor: Columnist Michael Hiltzik is correct that the time has come for a serious economic and social reset. The blueprint produced by the Roosevelt Institute, as he describes it, appears to cover most of the relevant bases — with one exception.
Why is there no mention of the pressing need to address climate change, beyond a brief reference to a need for “construction workers to rebuild public buildings to be energy-efficient”? We must resist the tendency to see this as a separate issue.
Climate change impacts health. Low-income workers, particularly those in Black and Latino communities, are already disproportionately exposed to rising temperatures and to high levels of carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants.
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the systemic failures of our society. It has also given us the opportunity — and perhaps the will — to do something about them. Meanwhile, climate change looms over all of us, and if we don’t get serious about it very soon, it will threaten our survival. We live in a moment that demands an economic and social reset, a change in the ways in which we live and think and behave.
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