What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Ehrlich and Tobias: The Biological Bottom Line I was excited recently to discover the publication of a book authored by Paul Ehrlich and Michael Tobias. I’ve not yet read it, so Paul and Michael do not find themselves on the Wall of Fame today for its publication. Rather they are honored here for an essay, The Biological Bottom Line, published a few weeks ago on the Population Media Center Blog. The essay no doubt is intended to give a taste of what we’ll find in the book. The authors tell us Hope on Earth: A Conversation explores the “ethical and pragmatic components of the one versus the many...
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Perhaps the Time has Come to Question Sprawl Today I’d like to honor a columnist in my own community for writing a piece that calls our city’s growth addiction what it is:  “Residential developments are to the city as methamphetamine is to a drug user. The druggie gets high, comes down and soon needs another hit. The drug’s long-term health effects aren’t part of the equation.” A column focusing on the ills of sprawl would not normally rise to the level of Wall of Fame here, but there are some gems in this column that I must share, and for which I must thank the author. It’s a rare...
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Situation Normal: Cities Courting Population Growth A few stories about the Global Great Lakes Network caught my eye last week. The network is a group of entities in the Great Lakes area of the U.S., largely economic development and government agencies, interested in boosting immigration to their communities in order to goose population growth. While this evidence of growth addiction is sad on its own, a news story reporting on their recent meeting would not find itself on the Wall of Shame – unless the report treats the group’s behavior and mission as laudable, or even just as completely normal. So, two news stories find some shame...
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7 Billion and Counting: That’s a Lot of People Congratulations and thanks go out today to Frank Carini and ecoRI News, for this report built around a Nature Conservancy panel discussion held in Boston, 7 Billion and Counting: Population and the Planet. One valuable feature of the story is the acknowledgment and exploration of the taboo on even addressing population growth: “While global population growth must be part of the conversation about sustaining the planet, it is seldom discussed. The issue is largely ignored at our own peril.” Panelists addressed the taboo: Andrew Foster, director of the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University:  “Some 40 years ago, human...
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Herman Daly: Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better Seed Magazine recently reposted a 2009 interview with noted economist Herman Daly that is so spot-on I just had to honor it here on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. Kudos to Seed, and to environmental science journalist Maywa Montenegro, who interviewed Daly. As always, Herman Daly had a way with words: “What is growth? Is it a temporary process to arrive at a state that we will then want to maintain? Or is growth a process which is itself desirable and is supposed to go on forever? Right now nobody defines a state of sufficiency.” This is THE...
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