Environmental Policies and Full Employment

In order to protect the environment, we are going to have to face up to the chronic (and now acute) problem of mass unemployment. To save jobs and make jobs we now tolerate polluting mills and vehicles; we chew up more earth each year for energy and materials; we secure and protect mineral rights abroad at great material, environmental and human cost; and we put fat in government budgets, for peace as well as war.
In George Rohrlich (ed.), Environmental Management – Economic and Social Dimensions. Cambridge: Ballinger Press, 1976, pp. 81-102. Republished by Resources for the Future Inc., Full Employment and the Environment, Reprint No. 128, 1976.

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