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WarmingUBI is key to stop global warming – there are 2 links1.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. Overconsumptionand overproductionare driven bythe specific exploitativerelationship of laborto capital underourcurrent 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 theplace they work and live, not as an abstract, externalized “nature.” Today, working peopleunderstand the immediate threat ofextreme weather, and the basic incomewill free everyone ofthe economic necessityofclimate denialismin the name of clingingtoextractivist jobs. Thiswill allowworkersthe freedom toforce 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 peoplethe timethey need to create communitiesand habits that reducetheir 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 thevery richwho havethe disproportionatecarbonfootprints,so any effort to redistribute their wealthand check their accumulation of frequent flyer miles is a win forthe ecosystemsof 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 warrantsDespite welfare programs, innovation is at an all-time low.

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