What is Pro-Growth Bias?

Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.

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Columbia, MO Destroying Future at a Good Clip We roast news reporting and opinion columns with pro-growth bias because they play a key role in keeping our society hooked on growth. Today’s Wall of Shame features an unremarkable column in a middle-America newspaper. Few would brand it propaganda. But the very fact that columns like this are routinely published – month after month – with nary a question, gives them surprising power.  They program readers to believe increasing population, rising consumption, and the economic growth they fuel, are unquestioned, universally lauded, unalloyed goods. By the time we’re young adults, that programming is complete, but the continuing barrage of growth...
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Robust Economic Growth Takes Huge Toll on Planet's Biocapacity It may be a first for us to post a news release on the Wall of Fame. I had hoped by this morning to find a flurry of news stories about the release of Global Footprint Network’s 2015 National Footprint Accounts. Alas, this is not quite in the breaking news category at most news organizations. “Ecological overshoot now stands at 54 percent above the planet's biocapacity. This means humanity demands biocapacity 54 percent faster than what our planet can renew in one year. By contrast, our planet had 30 percent more biocapacity than what humanity used in 1961, the first year...
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Iran: Women Should be Baby-Making Slaves How do we top yesterday’s sad news about a city in Japan subsidizing the freezing of human eggs in an effort to reverse population decline? How about a nation outlawing voluntary sterilization and blocking information about contraception? If that’s not enough, how about that same nation requiring that all hiring give priority to people with children (handicapping anyone who dares believe their country and the world are already overpopulated)? In Amnesty Int'l Decries Proposed Iranian 'Baby-Machine' Laws, Hillel Fendal fills us in on two laws under consideration in Iran. “Iranian authorities ‘are promoting a dangerous culture in which women are stripped of...
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Japan: Economy Needs Babies | Rosling: Relax Keep Calm and Overpopulate Sunday on CNN’s GPS, pop demography commentator Hans Rosling ended a Lego-style demography lesson with the comment that we can easily feed the billions projected to be added to world population over the rest of this century. Host Fareed Zakaria did nothing to question the basis or veracity of this claim. Rosling's off-hand remark was offered as part of his campaign to convince people to stop worrying about population growth. He is quite popular, because people want to be told that everything is going to be just fine. Every time I see this man on TV I...
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Good Reporting on Bad News by AFP Applause today for Mariette Le Roux and Agence France-Presse for connecting the dots between economic growth and ecosystem destruction. Take a look at: Europe Still Off Mark on Sustainability Goals: Report At first glance, this looks like the usual environment story one will find buried on page 8. “Europe could miss several key targets for safeguarding its species, water, air and land, said a study Tuesday that warned economic recovery would add to the pressure on natural resources. While it has made great strides in recycling and greener energy, the continent has failed to stop habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, said...
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