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Why So Hard to Question Growth? This week I’ve shared interesting writing about whether we can reasonably expect to keep growing the global economy on a finite planet. We’ve had some nonsense claiming to prove it’s possible, from Paul Krugman in the New York Times, and we’ve seen a very logical and credible rebuttal from Richard Heinberg at Post Carbon Institute. In Do We Dare to Question Economic Growth, UK Guardian blogger Warwick Smith, an Australian research economist, has added to the debate with another angle: “The endless pursuit of economic growth is making us unhappy and risks destroying the Earth’s capacity to sustain us. The good news is that...
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Heinberg: The Limits of Hubris Yesterday I provided links to the first few skirmishes in an ongoing debate between a pro-growth economist and a group of scientists and other realists who understand there are true limits to growth. Krugman’s latest on the subject, Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth, earned its rightful place on the Wall of Shame yesterday. Today I salute Richard Heinberg on the Wall of Fame, for his response, Paul Krugman and the Limits of Hubris. I love it for its entertainment value, because Krugman really begged for a sound drubbing. But it’s a worthwhile read for many other reasons. “It’s interesting...
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Paul Krugman Digging Way to China New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman finds himself once again on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted. Over the past few weeks Krugman has been providing a delicious demonstration of the old Will Rogers adage: “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” At the risk of over-cooking, today we roast Paul Krugman for his October 7 blog post, Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth. To fully enjoy this feast of foolishness, we should go back a few weeks to when Krugman first picked up this particular...
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IMF: Repealing Laws of Physics Taking Longer Than We Thought As G-20 finance ministers and central bankers meet today in the U.S., we hoist the International Monetary Fund (and The Guardian's Larry Elliott) onto the Wall of Shame. The G-20 and the IMF are complicit in a scheme to repeal the laws of physics. Their plan: keep on growing the global economy even though the scale of the human enterprise outgrew the Earth’s ability to sustainably support us some 40 years ago. We really should call today’s G-20 gathering a GA Meeting (growthaholics anonymous). In IMF Says Economic Growth May Never Return to Pre-Crisis Levels, Guardian correspondent Larry Elliott approached the...
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Assumptions About Economy Sink to New Low CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman makes our Wall of Shame this morning for this unsurprising example of pro-growth bias in reporting. When you get right down to it, the growth boosterism displayed by every anchor and correspondent on the business news cable networks actually raises the question: should we even call this “news” or “journalism?” “Despite an improving economy and the lowest unemployment rate in six years, Americans' views of President Barack Obama's economic leadership stands at the lowest level of his presidency, according to the latest CNBC All-America Economic survey.” Liesman’s report, headlined Confidence in Obama on Economy Sinks to...
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