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Letter to the Editor: We Can Stop Growth Though “letters to the editor” published in newspapers and magazines don’t carry the same clout as the stories, or even the editorials, I do believe an abundance of letters correcting pro-growth misinformation and mythology could do some good. In that spirit, today I want to honor Neil Dawe, who sent this letter to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News with some wisdom about proposed Parksville sewage system expansion. "Because of past excessive growth, the citizens of Parksville will be asked through referendum if they are in favour of borrowing monies for a new water treatment plant, which we will have to pay back plus interest." Dawe expresses...
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Weird Al Yankovic: Killing the Planet a Laughing Matter It’s not often we get to laugh here at Growth Bias Busted. Saving the planet, and saving a civilization from itself, is serious business. It is a real treat, therefore, to honor a comedic song and video on the Wall of Fame today. With First World Problems, Weird Al Yankovic has done a masterful job of holding up a mirror to the billion people on the planet living lives of excess and daring to complain about it. “I bought too many groceries for my refrigerator” Yes, it’s brilliant. And apparently people are recognizing it. Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, debuted as...
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What If Everyone Had Only One Child? After a week of disappointing growth issues coverage in the media, it’s a pleasure to share some exemplary news. This video from the ABC News/Yahoo What If? series asks a question rarely raised in the media, and offers an accurate and appealing compilation of all the good things that would happen in a nation of one-child families. “A smaller, better educated population could drive down the unemployment rate.” And how about fewer Kardashians? The story includes a brief soundbite from Lauren Sandler, author of, One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child and the Joy of Being One, which sounds...
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The Real Threat to Our Drinking Water Two major cities this year went without water for days due to contaminated supplies. David S. Beckman’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times uses these instances to remind us that “controlling water pollution is not a “set it and forget it” endeavor.” I have no gripe with this, and the steps recommended are all important. However, I am putting this piece on the Wall of Shame today to make a point about what is missing from Beckman’s list of remedies: ending population growth.  Environmentalists, conservationists and other activists often choose an area of focus; it’s very challenging to take on all...
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The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids? Robert Samuelson’s latest syndicated column expressed the very real concerns of parents in the U.S., perhaps in most developed nations: “I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in anxiety about their future. Will jobs be there? Will they be stable? Will they pay enough? Will they encourage our children to start families of their own?” It’s true, gone are the days when a college degree virtually guaranteed a job and a decent wage. A college education is more expensive than ever, while job offers are scarce and starting salaries disappointing. College...
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