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NewYork Times: Economic Engines Not Revving Enough Yesterday we hoisted U.S. President Barack Obama onto the Wall of Shame for representing 4% GDP growth as good news and bragging, “our engines are revving.” Today, the New York Times Editorial Board joins the President, for opining that the engines aren’t revving enough. In Growth Without Jobs, the Times complains about, “job growth that is too weak, wages that are too low and workweeks that are too short.” The Times editorial board provides us with the usual tripe about needing more work and higher pay. I am waiting for the board to step back and examine the assumptions behind this line...
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Obama: Hot Rod Economy Braggadocio Happy Birthday, Mr. President, you’re on the Wall of Shame today! I really hate to ruin his day, but U.S. President Obama’s remarks to the news media last Thursday offer a classic example of the deadly requirement that politicians promise and deliver economic growth. One day archeologists will view the first few minutes of this video and scratch their heads. Celebrated:  “…our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July.  That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June.  So we are now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month.  That's the first time that has...
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Heinberg: Physical Reality vs. Political Reality Richard Heinberg has a way with words. Today I’d like to honor him on the Wall of Fame for his recent essay, Two Realities, published by the Post Carbon Institute. If you’re not familiar with Richard, his bona fides include a long history of research and authorship. He is a respected authority on energy and economics. His regularly published Museletter never disappoints. You can explore his books and Museletter here. After a slew of disappointing coverage of growth issues keeping us on the Wall of Shame, it's a pleasure to share and celebrate Heinberg's work. This piece accurately sums up the...
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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth propheteers on the business news networks, and economic reporters. All will be celebrating a number which, in truth, measures how fast the U.S. is liquidating the planet of nonrenewable resources, how fast we’re replacing wildlife habitat and farms with mcmansions on cul-de-sacs, and how much CO2 we’re...
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Colorado River Day: Major Fail by Media and Conservationists Last Friday was Colorado River Day, as I was reminded by an email from Save the Colorado. So I have some interesting observations on the small flurry of media coverage, particularly with the recent news that Lake Mead hit a record low level (39% of capacity) this summer. According to the Colorado River Day website, “This is a day on which people come together across divides in support of maintaining a sustainable Colorado River.” Yet as I perused a litany of opinion pieces and news stories, I found no mention of the unsustainable behavior that, unchanged, renders the myriad plans to “save...
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