It is one more step in the development of a program of the Socialist Party (PS) for the deadline of 2022. And an additional political sign addressed to environmentalists. The leadership of the PS made public, Thursday, April 8, the “climate justice and environmental policy” section of its future presidential project. Over forty-two pages, it redefines its priorities around two central axes, the ecological transformation of the economy and the preservation of common goods. With this third opus – after the thematic work, then that on health -, the PS continues its attempt to deeply revisit its ideological corpus.
On reading the document, the break with the productivist vision that has always animated Jaurès’ party is obvious. “We must reclassify the notion of growth and determine (…) the social progress that we intend to pursue, that is to say to choose the public and private investments necessary to meet social needs and to respect ecological balances ”, writes the group of elected officials who worked under the leadership of the deputy of Landes Boris Vallaud. It’s a “New hierarchy of values and priorities” which must become the common thread of economic and social policies, insist the authors of the note.
To do this, GDP, an old tool for post-war economic development, according to the authors’ analysis, is judged “Obsolete” ; new indicators around carbon consumption, recycling or healthy life expectancy will be the new compasses.
A state conductor
However, the methods for implementing these policies remain very traditional. For “Refer” this paradigm shift is the state that the socialists appeal to: planning and regulation, public orders, investment plan, end of subsidies for harmful products, direction of savings … It is a question of returning to a state leader: the health crisis which has revealed, according to some, the weakness of the structures for the management of national policies has gone through this. A “green ISF” is advocated to finance “Exclusively social support for ecological transition”, specifies the document.
This proactive and planned orientation would continue in terms of employment policy: the Socialists plan to create no less than a million “green jobs”, both through the generalization of “zero unemployed territories” to the whole. departments (+ 670,000 jobs), than via the financing of “green contracts” in companies engaged in the decarbonization of their activity or within local communities.
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