Wall of Shame

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

“Can the proposed City for Champions tourism projects spur growth in Colorado Springs and along the Front Range well into the 21st century?” Answer: Highly doubtful, but it will ‘grow’ the pocketbooks of several commercial developers. City for Champions has potential to change Colorado Springs' reputation, most definitely. For better or for worse?The Gazette story refers to C4C and they list the “growth spurring” projects proposed.“ They include four tourism-related projects: a 10,000-seat stadium and 3,000-seat indoor sports center, an Olympic museum, a new Air Force Academy visitors center and a sports medicine and performance center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.” This 250 million dollar project sounds... fishy....
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More news about economic growth…where it’s been, where it’s headed, how much it will affect our lives, the importance of an ever expanding economy, so on and so forth. Nothing new, original, or objective. But important nonetheless to keep realizing how much these biased notions are permeating our culture. This Bloomberg Business Week piece by Roger Runningen is more business as usual. We open with, “…Obama’s advisers said the U.S. economy is on track to strengthen and add more jobs in the next two years because many of the impediments to faster growth have subsided.”  First, no one wants anyone out of work. But, by the same token, no one addresses...
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The February jobs report in the U.S. brought the usual array of economists and other growth-pushers into the studios to discuss the state of the economy on cable news networks. MSNBC’s Morning Joe enjoys the Wall of Shame today for the broadcast team’s shallow understanding of the negative trade-offs of economic growth. This is a great show with smart people. I know they can do better. They discussed the jobs report last Friday with studio guest Miles Nadal, chairman and CEO of MDC Partners (one of the world’s largest networks of advertising agencies and business transformation consultancies). The heart of the conversation involved Nadal and the Morning Joe team lamenting an...
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Last week a group of companies announced they have signed the Climate Declaration, urging legislators to address climate change. I see this as a good thing. Too often companies question the science because they see reduction of greenhouse gases as costing them money (which is probably true in the short run). However, something caught my eye in this EcoWatch report about the declaration, which quoted Hans Cole, environmental campaigns and advocacy manager at Patagonia: “We see the dire impacts of climate change happening now…. But, there is an opportunity to spur innovation, shift policy and steer a different course.” What kind of innovation is Cole talking about? I turned to the...
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Roger Pielke, Jr.’s What Does It Mean to be Anti-Growth? has earned a spot on the Wall of Shame for avoiding such annoying realities as science and facts. Be sure to read this and participate in the reader poll on the subject at Earth Island Journal. His premise: “It has become fashionable in some circles to come out against economic growth…. I argue that to be anti-growth actually implies keeping poor people poor.” Pielke, it seems, wants to dream the impossible dream - that sustainability doesn't have to involve any difficult choices; that we can have perpetual growth as long as we tint it green. Hard to believe, but Pielke is...
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U.S. consumers did not pillage the planet last quarter as fast as first thought, but economists are optimistic we'll get back to our rapacious ways as the weather warms. Friday’s Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media headlines my list of disappointing news reports about U.S. GDP growth figures revised downward. It wasn't the news that caused my despair, but the biased way in which it was reported. They all make the Wall of Shame today for their unquestioned assumptions about the goodness of economic growth. On Marketplace, anchor David Brancaccio immediately got my attention when he inserted his own judgment into what I thought was a NEWS report (I’ve added...
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