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Candidate Dares Oppose Growth Subsidies It’s a pleasure to honor Mercer Island City Council candidate Salim Nice for not tiptoeing around the link between population and sustainability. In Salim Nice Files for Council Election in Position No. 3, reporter Katie Metzger paraphrases the candidate with a statement we just don’t see in most mainstream news reports: “As of 2010, Mercer Island was the 10th most densely populated island in the continental United States behind other notable islands, such as Manhattan, Staten and Long Island, Nice stated, begging the question of how many people the Island can sustain without degrading the quality of life.” We salute Nice...
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Profit from Doom I wasn’t sure whether to put this report from Money Morning on the Wall of Shame or Wall of Fame: How Massive Population Growth Will Make Property Prices and Infrastructure Explode I’m glad to see Australia’s first ever Australian Infrastructure Audit get some press, and glad to see the projected “massive population growth” get attention. Beyond that, however, this report views the audit and the population news through the usual myopic lens of “what’s in it for me?” “Not all population growth related investment opportunities depend on the upcoming infrastructure plan. There are lots of stocks that are already set to profit...
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Pro-Growth Spin on the Anthropocene Gets a Drubbing Today we give a shout-out to Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism, for heaping some well-deserved scorn on the work of the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) in Hijacking the Anthropocene. “…their literature consistently couples a professed concern for the environment with rejection of actual pro-environmental policies, on the grounds that new technology, growth and capitalism are the only solution to all environmental concerns.” BTI’s Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus give us plenty of material to disappoint, but in this essay, Angus focuses on just one shortcoming of their work: “…its attempt to hijack the Anthropocene, to misrepresent one of the most...
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Giving Up Unsustainable Growth: China China’s economic growth rate has dwarfed the rest of the world for three decades. It has pollution to match. Could this nation prove to be an exemplar of sustainable economic and environmental policy? Today I salute Chandran Nair, and Huffington Post, for raising these un-reported issues in: Is China Finally Discovering the Limits to Growth? Nair, founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, raises some interesting points about changes planned by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his ‘Four Comprehensives,’ list of political goals for China. “If reviving "moderate prosperity" 35 years after Deng means more than just admitting that China's...
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Victim of Abuse: Sustainability Today’s honoree on the Wall of Fame includes the best definition of sustainability I’ve seen. In True Sustainability, a commentary published in The Vermont Journalism Trust’s VTDigger, George Plumb importantly tackles the misuse of the term, “sustainability.” “Much of what is professed to be sustainable is not truly sustainable. Is industrial farming that depends heavily on fossil fuels really sustainable? Is constructing and maintaining large buildings that have huge ecological footprints really sustainable no matter how well constructed or where they are located? Is there really such a thing as sustainable economic development or sustainable population growth?” Plumb, who is executive...
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