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Problemo Cancelled? Are You Kidding? Kunstler Nails New York Times on Overpopulation On Thursday we took the New York Times to task for either extremely incomplete reporting, or posing an opinion/advocacy piece as reporting the news, when it declared "mission accomplished" on overcoming the negative impacts of overpopulation. The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion generated a windstorm of immediate reaction, which we’ll feature this week on both the Wall of Fame and, unfortunately, the Wall of Shame. Wall of Fame honors today go to the response from James Howard Kunstler, who made my critique appear pretty kind. I thank him for filling in all the blanks left by the New York Times staff. “If there...
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New York Times Fail on Overpopulation A video and brief written report published by the New York Times get star treatment today on the Wall of Shame. The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion is a disappointing advocacy piece posing as “reporting.”  The video, produced by Kit R. Roane and Sarah Weiser, seems designed from the outset to make a point: that the concerns about world overpopulation that received a lot of attention in the 1960s and 1970s were unwarranted. It’s easy to jump to that conclusion if it supports your worldview. The producers dug up some great archival footage and gave us a fascinating retrospective. They brought useful...
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Growth Propheteer Demands 5% GDP Growth Target Monday we shamed a Wall Street Journal report which went beyond reporting the facts about shrinking U.S. GDP. It was just one example from a flood of media accounts in which reporters inadvertently signaled their own judgment that a shrinking economy is bad news. TV and radio pundit Larry Kudlow went even further on his syndicated WABC radio show Saturday, emphatically suggesting GOP presidential candidates promise 5% annual GDP growth. Kudlow, who aspires to be today’s Julian Simon, builds his entire identity around boosting growth. “…what a lousy recovery this has been.” “…we need a 5% economic growth target” Kudlow’s growth rant was...
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Wake Up or We're Screwed We have a good news/bad news scenario today. The bad news is, as the now-retired David Letterman famously said in a rant about fracking, “we are screwed.” The good news is that Crash Course author Chris Martenson has written a brilliant explanation of why that screwing is happening. I’ve always said the first step in recovery from an addiction is to admit we have a problem. Check out Martenson’s In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril, and share it with the policymakers, journalists and other growth junkies you know. “…humans desperately need a new story to live by. The old...
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Perpetual GDP Growth a Grim Fairy Tale The Wall Street Journal’s Josh Mitchell and Jeffrey Sparshott were just a few among many who on Friday perpetuated the fairy tale that everlasting economic growth on a finite planet is both possible and universally applauded. Their work appeared under this headline: U.S. GDP Swings to Contraction in First Quarter That headline was later changed to U.S. Recovery Stumbles Yet Again. The Journal’s report on the U.S. Commerce Department’s revised estimate is behind a paywall, so unless you’re a subscriber you’ll have to settle for the lowlights presented here. I call them lowlights because these are examples of the reporters letting...
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