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Warming UBI is key to stop global warming – there are 2 links 1. First, is that UBI helps environmental movements and decreases ecological footprints – four warrants. Bickman 17 [Jed Bickman (editor at The New Press) What Are We Worth? Part 2: Life for All, 6/6/2017, The Spouter, ] Usually this assertion of broad economic growth would be deeply concerning to all of us worried about climate change and other forms of environmental damage. So would a basic income increase unsustainable overconsumption? Just the opposite. Overconsumption and overproduction are driven by the specific exploitative relationship of labor to capital under our current system . Labor historian (and basic income opponent) Erik Loomis shows in his book Out of Sight that empowered, unionized workers drove the great environmentalist victories of the 20th century such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts—and that the right to labor in a clean and healthy environment has long been a fundamental pillar of workers rights, and a demand of the labor union. Workers care about the environment as the place they work and live, not as an abstract, externalized “nature.” Today, working people understand the immediate threat of extreme weather , and the basic income will free everyone of the economic necessity of climate denialism in the name of clinging to extractivist jobs . This will allow workers the freedom to force their bosses to accept green regulation , or form their own businesses and co-ops under greener models. As Alyssa Battistoni has argued convincingly, a basic income will give people the time they need to create communities and habits that reduce their ecological and carbon footprints . It is the harried and underpaid worker, who may also be an exhausted mother with too little support or childcare, who grabs a burger and a Happy Meal at McDonald’s instead of cooking a meal with vegetables from a local garden. Reducing the pressure on this mother has a cascade of health and environmental benefits. Further, Battistoni points out, it is the very rich who have the disproportionate carbon footprints, so any effort to redistribute their wealth and check their accumulation of frequent flyer miles is a win for the ecosystems of the world . (Battistoni has more recently argued that now’s not the time to advocate a UBI, mostly on strategic grounds—that the idea is becoming unhinged from ideology as more libertarians pile on to the idea as a way to destroy the safety net. I agree with her —we cannot let our vision be compromised by John Galt. My goal is to resist that by arguing us back to a racial justice understanding of the ideal.) \ [links: 1. Stops Climate Denialism, 2. Forces workers to pressure acceptance of green regulation 3. Redistributes wealth away from top polluters 4. Decreases overproduction by stopping exploitative labor.] 2. Second, is that UBI programs uniquely spur innovation – two warrants Despite welfare programs, innovation is at an all-time low .
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