Wall of Shame

Reporting & commentary that assume eternal growth is feasible, good, and necessary for prosperity

“Crop yields to feed a growing global population may have reached a maximum in some parts of the world…” Science News from United Press International is very concerned about the future. They are worried about how we are going to feed our ever-growing population. It is a subject that is being brought up more and more and with good reason: our population has surpassed the planet’s carrying capacity. But this is never broached in the article.  The author is simply concerned that new technologies may not be enough to produce what we’ll need for an expanding population. “But since many of those technologies were one-time innovations, the projections of future yields...
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350.org leader Bill McKibben is a great communicator. His latest commentary, published in Rolling Stone, makes some excellent points, yet earns a place on our Wall of Shame today. In this commentary, McKibben laments: “By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs. We are, despite slight declines in our domestic emissions, a global-warming machine: At the moment when physics tell us we should be jamming on the...
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When an economist weighs in on population, run for the hills. There are a few notable exceptions (Herman Daly always comes to mind), but too many economists tend to see people in the same way they appreciate drill presses and piles of coal. Today we roast this commentary in The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia) by David Fleming, whose vision is clouded not just by an economics education, but also by his leadership of the North End Business Association in Halifax. Mr. Fleming will need a blood transfusion to get growth addiction out of his DNA.  Fleming got my immediate attention with this line: “Nova Scotia's gotten less crowded in the last...
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Granted, this video has been circulating the web for well over a month now. And my mistake for not highlighting it here earlier. But if there is ever a time to look at the manipulative powers and unsustainable practices of Toys “R” Us, the holiday shopping season is it. Many of you may have already sat there wide-eyed and slack-jawed as you watched this commercial but if you missed it, you’re in for a real treat. A production company, in collaboration with a couple youth organizations and Toys “R” Us, took a busload of adorable children on a field trip to a store owned by the nearly $14 billion company. They...
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Today’s Wall of Shame story is provided by CNN Money. So, admittedly, the bar of insight and objectivity is pretty low. But still, this business as usual in economic reporting is getting beyond tiresome. At least this one has a slightly new twist on it. Our author, Paul J. Lim, is chalk full of optimism and vigor, ready to attack and take advantage of all these newly hopeful financial opportunities. “There are plenty of moves you can make with your money to play to these strengths, even if the economy pulls some punches.” As if it were a boxing match or some other kind of violent but exciting game. Oh yeah,...
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Glory hallelujah, gross domestic product (economic throughput) grew at its fastest rate in 1-1/2 years! Rainbows are appearing and unicorns are jumping. The state of reporting on economics is apparently in no danger of catching up with the modern thinking of youngsters like Pope Francis. Friday’s report on U.S. GDP growth is a classic example of pro-growth bias and unexamined assumptions about the universal goodness of growth. One would almost think USA Today simply published verbatim a news release from the Club for Growth. Notice the words (I’ve underlined) that evidence the bias and offer subtle programming that keep most of us convinced growth is awesome and there is not another...
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