What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming We can always count on Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for informed, thoughtful news and perspectives. As I read this, I was getting the feeling I’d honor it on the Wall of Fame.  “Largely...
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Innovating Our Way into Oblivion I recently discovered the writing of Mark Buchanan, a physicist with a growing body of excellent work at both Medium and Bloomberg View. Today we honor Buchanan on the Wall of Fame for this recent essay in Bull Market, a collection of finance and business writing on Medium. Buchanan is a former editor for Nature and New Scientist. He wrote the book, Forecast: What Physics, Meteorology and the Natural Sciences Can Teach Us About Economics. Glancing over the titles of some of his commentaries, these caught my eye: Has Big Business Captured the Economists? Economists are Blind to the Limits of Growth I especially want to thank...
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U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours Carl Gibson’s How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again had potential. It all depends on whether “top” means “healthiest” or “biggest.” Unfortunately, the author has apparently been programmed to believe bigger is better, so he delivers than completely unsustainable message here. The size of China’s economy (the amount of annual economic throughput, as measured by GDP) surpassed that of the U.S. this year. This has caused consternation in the U.S., where policymakers, pundits, the general public, and many journalists believe we are in a competition – to see who has the biggest. Gibson: “China has overtaken the U.S. as...
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Can We Live the Good Life Without Economic Growth? I frequently implore journalists to ask more questions about pros and cons, and physical possibilities, of economic and/or population growth. It almost never happens, so when it does, you can bet that will find its way to our Wall of Fame. I’m thrilled to honor Reuters for publishing this, and Hugo Dixon for asking the question: “Is the good life possible without economic growth?” This opinion piece tells us an editor, no less, at a major worldwide news organization understands limits to growth better than they normally let on. “Merely raising the question challenges the conventional contemporary wisdom that a society’s prime goal...
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Colorado Water Plan: Grow Now, Worry Later Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper debuts on the Wall of Shame for a post yesterday on his Facebook page (another first for Growth Bias Busted). Thanks to Gary Wockner of SaveThe Colorado for alerting me to this. Post by John W. Hickenlooper. An influential politician is celebrating growth and spreading pro-growth mythology. Nothing to see here; move along. But in this case we get a direct link to some of the programming that turns an elected official into a high priest of the church of growth everlasting. Governor Hickenlooper (or a member of his staff) was reacting to a story in the Denver Business...
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