It is certainly possible to fight poverty and fight climate
change at the same time. Jobs cleaning up pollution can feed a family as well
as jobs that create pollution do. Factories that make bicycles, energy saving
light bulbs or efficient insulation must hire workers, just as factories that
make oversized cars, halogen lights and coal burning stoves do. The idea that
we can have fewer pollutants or more jobs but not both is false. Modernized
industries can actually decrease pollution, and modern jobs can be good for the
world as well as for the economy.
Instead of prioritizing poverty over climate change, the U.S. And other developing nations should gear their international aid toward helping developing nations industrialize in a more environmentally friendly way. If every nation industrializes the way that the U.S. And Europe did, this planet simply will not survive. However, by helping these nations develop responsibly, we don't have to choose poverty over climate change. We can help remedy both. I don't believe that we necessarily have to choose one or the other.