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How the Brainwashing Goes Down Economic growth is a universal goal, always good, a noble pursuit. Growth of the global economy is not constrained by the laws of physics on a finite planet; it can continue forever. It doesn’t chip away at the capacity of our life-supporting ecosystems. This is undisputed. There is no question about it; no debate. That is the impression one gets dozens of times every week – in television commercials, magazine ads, political speeches and news reporting. Its presentation as an undisputed fact gives it insidious power to keep our worship of growth firmly entrenched. The myths of prosperity from growth and...
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MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right One of the primary goals of Growth Bias Busted is to encourage our news media to report more accurately about economic and population growth, so it's a real rush to celebrate outstanding coverage by a “mainstream” media outlet. MSNBC gets an all-too-rare day in the sun for a recent episode of Greenhouse: “Anytime you hear anybody praising economic growth or population growth, you know you’re listening to somebody who can’t do arithmetic.” That pretty well sums up day to day life at Growth Bias Busted. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard and saw Paul Ehrlich making that statement on MSNBC’s...
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Fed Upbeat on Pace of Planet Liquidation An announcement yesterday from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had the usual pro-growth perspective, and Reuters dutifully spread the cultural programming that keeps the growth myth alive, with:  Fed Upbeat on U.S. Economy, Cites Strong Job Gains This line from the story pretty well sums up the tone and belief system of both the Fed and Reuters reporters Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider: "Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace,’ the Fed said in a statement that marked an upgrade to its prior assessment of a ‘moderate pace’ of growth." Throughout this story, we find the usual evidence of...
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Los Angeles Times Earns High Honors on Population We congratulate the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board today for publishing an editorial Sunday about one of the easiest climate stabilization strategies: Why We Need to Address Population Growth's Effects on Global Warming It’s so simple, yet a journalist, media organization or world leader must possess Purple Heart levels of courage to speak this truth.  “Sensitive subject or not, the reality is that unsustainable human population growth is a potential disaster for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.” Of course, human overpopulation is the leading cause of several global crises besides climate change, but climate change alone is a serious enough...
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Planetary Destruction Begins at Home The Gaston Gazette’s Eric Wildstein probably grew up like most of us, reading and hearing about the joys of population and economic growth. Even if he learned that human activity on the planet is disrupting the climate, extinguishing species and liquidating natural resources, that was never considered when his hometown or state celebrated topping some list of the fastest-growing. Somehow the growth of a city, county or state has nothing to do with the overshoot of global human population. So I must resist the urge to label as clueless his recent Gazette story about population growth in North Carolina, and Gaston...
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