Wall of Shame

Reporting & commentary that assume eternal growth is feasible, good, and necessary for prosperity

“Despite all the climate-based hysteria put out into the public domain in recent weeks attacking the oil and natural gas industry (even the Weather Channel got into that act recently), three key factors continue to give policymakers pause about acting in ways that would negatively impact the ongoing boom.  Those factors are: Jobs, ancillary stimulative impacts on other industries and National Security.” The title of this Forbes article leaves a sour taste in my mouth (probably from thinking about the toxic fumes from fracking and oil production).  Oil and Security are two words that only go together under the veil of homeland security ‘hysteria’. Oil and ENVIRONMENTAL security?  Two words that...
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“It's almost impossible to view the news anymore without seeing something negative related to global warming, overpopulation or environmental degradation of the planet.” Strong opening but what is this rampant in-your-face news about overpopulation that Zoltan Istvan is speaking of in his blog for The Huffington Post? It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. And I know this because looking for that needle is sorta what I do. Not to mention any of this news you’re seeing is, more often than not, completely devoid of solutions. At first, when I read the opening two paragraphs, I thought this guy was onto something. I thought that the apparent sarcasm directed at...
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The world’s top economies have embraced a goal of liquidating the planet of resources $2 trillion faster over the next five years.  In the final communique from the two-day meeting of the G20 in Sydney, finance ministers and central bankers responded to immense pressure to create tens of millions of new jobs: “We will develop ambitious but realistic policies with the aim to lift our collective GDP by more than 2 percent above the trajectory implied by current policies over the coming five years.”  With human population growth adding roughly 80 million new job-seeking hungry mouths every year, and with universal agreement that perpetual economic growth is physically possible, the financial...
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The Telegram, reporter James McLeod and Advanced Education and Skill Minister Kevin O’Brien, all of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, share today’s spot on the Wall of Shame for this story. On a full planet well into overshoot, it’s important that every government have a population policy. The population policy discussion in Canada got my attention when I read this: “In the 2011 general election, the Progressive Conservatives promised they would work to increase the population of the province. ‘We are committed to cultivating conditions that enable families and communities to grow,’ the official party platform says. ‘We will develop a Newfoundland and Labrador population growth strategy focused on creating and improving...
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More Babies, Please is old (December, 2012), but I just happened across it and it screamed for a spot on our Wall of Shame. Did you know America’s competitive advantage is at risk? Which competitive advantage is that? According to New York Times Op-Ed columnist Ross Douthat: “We have more babies than the competition.” Douthat is concerned that declining birth rates in the U.S. will doom us. “Today’s babies are tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers and entrepreneurs, and relatively youthful populations speed economic growth and keep spending commitments affordable.” I have a few problems with this: First, Douthat is reducing human beings to the role of economic tools. He’s not celebrating the...
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We know that The Daily Caller prides itself on being a politically conservative publication so finding something progressive regarding population growth would be as likely as hearing Sean Hannity talk about his love of nature. So don’t be fooled by the title of this article. These folks are NOT Bill Nye fans, nor are they big on viewing overpopulation as an actual problem. Oh and they also don’t think climate change is real. So we can safely give this Michael Bastasch piece a very comfortable home on the Wall of Shame. My favorite bit of propaganda is the disclaimer in the second paragraph. He quotes Nye as stating, “In the year...
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