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Okotoks Drools Over Plan to Kill Goose Joe Bish, of Population Media Center, brought this story to my attention yesterday. The headline and subhead say it all: Okotoks Gets Ready For The Big Boom With 60-Year-PlanCity With Small-Town Soul Plans For Impressive Growth I share (and shame) it here because of what Bish describes as, the “un-abandoned glee and mirth that city managers and development corporations are experiencing -- as the ‘new plan’ is to gun for a population of 82,000 as soon as possible.” This, for a small Canadian town that in 2012 removed its population cap of 30,000, which was based on an assessment of the town’s...
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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the Wall of Shame today. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that WWF is offering “Green Tips” to help individuals scale back their footprint. With 7.2 billion of us on the planet, it’s essential we are each very conscious and intentional about minimizing our...
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Growth Fever Contagion Identified in Reporting on Growth This story from Inside Tucson Business is a classic example of why we started Growth Bias Busted. Promising Future For Marana; Growth In Population, Employment And Income probably raised no red flags for the vast majority of readers.  “From 2010 to now the population has increased from about 35,000 residents to 40,000. Curt Woody, economic development and strategic initiatives manager, recognizes the mayor and council and supportive residents for the town’s growth.” It blithely assumes that population growth is good for the town of Marana. It assumes there is nothing controversial or even debatable about this. And it assumes there is...
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Keep Calm and Plunder the Planet One of the biggest growth-pushers is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so it’s not surprising to see the Chamber responsible for today’s classic example of boosterism. In Letting Economic Growth Increase Our Ability to Lead Cleaner Lives, David Chavern, President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, cherry-picks the data to perpetuate the myth that our life-supporting ecosystems are better off for economic growth. “Falls Church, like much of the East Coast, was completely denuded of trees in the 18th and 19th centuries in order to support agriculture, building and energy needs. What turned that around and allowed...
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New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse The UK Guardian consistently puts the rest of the mainstream newspapers to shame with more candid and comprehensive reporting on issues related to growth and sustainability. Still, a headline like Monday’s gets my attention:  Limits to Growth Was Right. New Research Shows We're Nearing Collapse “Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.” Before we get too excited and start blowing kisses in the Guardian’s direction: this COULD easily qualify for coverage as news. But, as is too often the...
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