What is Pro-Growth Bias?

Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.

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N. America Leads Race to Finish Off Human Civilization Fear not. While Europe isn’t doing its part and China is starting to slack off, in the race to liquidate the Earth’s life-support capacity, North America is killing it. Retired U.S. Army general David Petraeus and Brookings Institution senior fellow Michael O’Hanlon make the Wall of Shame today for a recent Washington Post op-ed that reinforces seriously outdated myths about competition and exceptionalism. In America on the Way Up, Petraeus and O’Hanlon begin with the unexamined assumption that increasing consumption and a growing economy are positives: “Short-term economic trends in the United States are encouraging. Unemployment is down, growth is up, deficits...
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Don’t Grow, No Wait, Grow! After three days in the Wall of Shame department this week, I am so glad to pop over to Wall of Fame territory to celebrate a recent essay by Suzanne York. She is one of the smartest scholars and best writers on matters of population growth. Bravo to York for To Grow or Not to Grow: The Wild Card of Aging Populations. China’s new concerns about LOW fertility rates got Suzanne’s attention: “It seems the government’s concern about too much population growth has now swung in the other direction – today the issue is a shrinking labor pool.” York performs an...
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Maryland: Growth is Smart and Green Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gets our attention today for this ad spread in its Maryland Natural Resource Magazine. An errant Google search led me to this ad in the Spring 2014 issue. The juxtaposition of three words in the headline just begged for the attention of Growth Bias Busted: Maryland is…Smart, Green & Growing The pro-growth bias is obvious. Maryland’s growth is on the list of things the DNR is proud of. Because natural resources everywhere are threatened or strained by the juggernaut of incessant expansion of the human enterprise, one would hope a state department vested with responsibility for...
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How the Brainwashing Goes Down Economic growth is a universal goal, always good, a noble pursuit. Growth of the global economy is not constrained by the laws of physics on a finite planet; it can continue forever. It doesn’t chip away at the capacity of our life-supporting ecosystems. This is undisputed. There is no question about it; no debate. That is the impression one gets dozens of times every week – in television commercials, magazine ads, political speeches and news reporting. Its presentation as an undisputed fact gives it insidious power to keep our worship of growth firmly entrenched. The myths of prosperity from growth and...
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MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right One of the primary goals of Growth Bias Busted is to encourage our news media to report more accurately about economic and population growth, so it's a real rush to celebrate outstanding coverage by a “mainstream” media outlet. MSNBC gets an all-too-rare day in the sun for a recent episode of Greenhouse: “Anytime you hear anybody praising economic growth or population growth, you know you’re listening to somebody who can’t do arithmetic.” That pretty well sums up day to day life at Growth Bias Busted. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard and saw Paul Ehrlich making that statement on MSNBC’s...
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