“The environment and the economy go hand in hand.” — Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Feb. 23, 2018
“The environment and the economy go hand in hand.” —Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, March 10, 2018
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It is the most frequent iteration of our climate crusader minister and her fellow environmental superhero, “Clark” Trudeau — that the environment and the economy are halves of one project, that they go together, and in their most favoured formulation, that they go “hand in hand.”
First, the concepts are each too vast, complex and extraordinarily various for any attempt at assigning a one-to-one equivalence. The environment is, when you stop to think about it, literally everything there is except you; and even then you are part of the environment of everyone else. The economy, while not infinite like its partner in this spurious equation, is nonetheless comprised of millions or billions of subordinate elements and interactions.
Essentially Ms. McKenna’s simplistic slogan tries to pass off as a truism, a self-evident axiom, an impossible-to-achieve, equal and mutual correspondence between two of the most intricately dynamic, various systems known to peoplekind. What a dream that is.
As explanatory or descriptive of the dynamics of a modern industrial nation, it is simplistic mush.