What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Companies Dumped 206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Into U.S. Waterways Environment America does important work, and the report, Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act, is no exception. The report puts a spotlight on the sheer volume of toxic chemicals industry dumps into U.S. waterways every year. “Industrial facilities dumped 206 million pounds of toxic chemicals into American waterways in 2012….” Hey, that's not bad. With over 300 million in the U.S. population, that's less than a pound per person (What happens if we double U.S. population?). Of course that figure includes only the chemical dumping reported by industry, so the problem is...
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As the World Bank Turns Population Institute’s Bob Walker returns to the Wall of Fame with this column at Huffington Post, about one of the keys to achieving economic health and sustainable population dynamics: “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has [sic] overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress in the developing world: girls and women.” Walker makes reference to a new report that offers further hope in this direction. He appropriately retains a little healthy skepticism while giving the World Bank credit and...
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Economic Reporting has Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Yes, every time the U.S. announces GDP estimates, financial journalists briefly awake from their snooze, but not from their stupor. They muster just enough brainpower to phone in yet another report that assumes endless economic growth is both wonderful and possible. No new thinking. No exploration of alternative views. No consideration of changing times and circumstances. Wednesday’s estimate of a U.S. economy contracting in the first quarter at an annualized rate of 2.9% was no exception, as this sampling of headlines illustrates: Economy in First Quarter Was Worse Than Everybody Thought (New York Times) Bad to Worse: US Economy Shrank More...
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Ho-Hum Population Reporting is Exemplary It’s a great pleasure to honor a news story about local and regional population growth on the Wall of Fame today. Black Hills Pioneer reporter Kaylee Tschetter probably has no idea how exemplary her reporting is. At first blush, Black Hills Population Increasing Faster Than State seems rather unremarkable. It merely recites statistics about how fast population has been growing in various cities, counties, the Black Hills region and the State of South Dakota. But that is exactly what is remarkable about this story. We are left to form our own judgments about whether the news is good or bad. This...
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Tony Abbott Encourages G20 to Drive Economic Growth Political leaders’ remarks are reported widely, so they are among the chief storytellers of our time. That's why we’re quick to put politicians in the spotlight when they deliver rhetoric that reinforces growth=prosperity mythology. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets the honor today, for this statement released to the news media two days ago. “I met with representatives of G20 Leaders and Finance and Central Bank Deputies in Melbourne today to further our shared commitment to drive economic growth.” Yes, let’s “drive economic growth!” In so doing we will drive our civilization right off the planet (see More About Limits to...
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