What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth Bloomberg is one big conglomerate focused on growth. The company provides data to help investors grow the value of their portfolios, and economic and business growth are routine topics on Bloomberg’s business news network. While it is rare, it does happen that Bloomberg occasionally publishes something that questions growth. This commentary by physicist and Bloomberg View columnist Mark Buchanan takes (most) economists to task for their uncritical quest for neverending economic growth. “For all their calculating nature, economists are surprisingly optimistic about humanity's ability to have as much prosperity as it wants. Express concern about the negative impact of excessive growth on our...
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Climate Change Solution in Women's Bodies Some of the best writing about family planning intersects linking climate change with population growth to form today’s very worthy honoree on the Wall of Fame. Author and psychologist Valerie Tarico’s recent commentary at AlterNet is eloquent, compassionate, informed and accurate. Don’t miss this one. Tarico begins with the little-discussed fact that bringing population growth to an end sooner will provide significant carbon reduction (at a lower cost than tech solutions, she adds): “The Aspen Institute has estimated that voluntary family planning for all who want it could provide 8-15 percent of needed carbon reductions.”  Then she sets up the rest of...
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Save Water So We Can Grow! In the arid American West, just about any idea to save water seems like a good one. I’m reminded of the Mad Magazine sticker I saw as a kid: Save Water – Shower With Your Steady This story about eliminating property taxes to conserve water introduces some interesting motives and myths to the issue. “A new report shows that the elimination of property taxes funneled to water suppliers could save significant amounts of water in the nation's second driest state and have the largest users — government and the wealthy — paying the ‘true’ cost of water." If property taxes subsidize water supply...
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Humanity Well On Its Way to Destroying Our Home World Wildlife Fund got the world’s attention yesterday with shocking news about how many animals human beings have edged off the planet over the past 40 years. It appears none of the world’s major news organizations chose to ignore the tragic news revealed in WWF’s 2014 Living Planet Report: CNN: WWF: World has lost more than half its wildlife in 40 years“The world's animal population has halved in 40 years as humans put unsustainable demands on Earth, a new report warns.” BBC: World wildlife populations halved in 40 years – report“The report shows that the biggest recorded threat to biodiversity comes from the...
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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates. A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common assumptions that population growth is a wise goal for all or most cities. I look for that whenever I see a headline like this. But, sadly, that is not the case here: “Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife,...
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