Is economic growth incompatible with solving climate change?

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 5:25pm

Can an economy grow and curb climate emissions? That's the dual feat that President Joe Biden is trying to accomplish. Economists and environmentalists are split on this question. Some argue that growth needs to slow in order to protect the planet. There's no way around that. Others argue that smart growth, fueled by renewable energy, can allow economies to continue to grow and not do further damage to the planet. The World's host Marco Werman discusses this with climate scientist Zeke Hausfather at The Breakthrough Institute in California, and ecological economist Tim Jackson at the University of Surrey whose book, "Post Growth: Life After Capitalism," comes out next month.