True energy prosperity

LTE in Pasadena Star News, March 3, 2017

Columnist Susan Shelley is upset that public protests of and divestments from banks that support the Dakota Access Pipeline will drive people to poverty (Feb. 26). Her article is very cheeky and well-written, and I confess I enjoyed reading it. She says cheap energy leads to jobs and more prosperity for all.

However, true prosperity has little to do with making money and growing the economy. Sadly, this is a myth believed by well-meaning people who lack cognitive integration skills and watch Fox News because it makes them feel good. True prosperity is living in joy and freedom on a healthy planet, with all the complexities that entails.

Perhaps Shelley could support the carbon fee and dividend proposal, which provides her economic growth and uses market forces to help rid us of dirty oil.

โ€” Robert Burnham, Pasadena

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