What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Unquestioned Booster Folklore: They are Coming; We Must Build It You know what they say, “Think globally, act locally.” While growth addiction is a global problem, it is practiced regularly at the local level. You may not know, but I say: “You can’t have a sustainable world if it’s made up of lots of communities behaving unsustainably.” That leads us to shame a story in the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported by Adam Russell. This is a textbook example of reporting founded on pro-growth assumptions (Don’t take it too hard, Adam; we’ve all been programmed from birth to believe growth is the Holy Grail. We forgive you, but we encourage you to...
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Limits to Growth: Contrary View and No Spin Korea Times lands on the Wall of Fame today for Global Warming Going from Bad to Worse. It's not every day a newspaper interviews an expert with a view that’s contrary to the mainstream “grow, baby, grow” paradigm. "I'm deeply worried because our future could have been so much better than it is going to be,’ Jorgen Randers, a Norwegian scholar, said in an interview with The Korea Times, Thursday. ‘Climate change will get worse and worse over the next 40 years." Randers was in Korea to deliver a keynote speech to the ICLEI World Congress. He’s a newsmaker, but too...
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We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How The minute I watched this segment from RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, I knew it must adorn the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted immediately. The first 12 seconds capture the very essence of our work: “Growth! It’s the cornerstone of our society. We must continue to grow. The Dow Jones must continue to go up. Your bank account must keep growing. Your house just keeps getting bigger…. Growth is everything, right?” This wouldn’t be bad news if not for a few inconvenient truths: “Everyday we’re taught growth is good. But growth is also bad. Cancers grow, parasites grow,...
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Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt I'm certain the book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet, deserves a place on the Wall of Fame. Having not yet read it, I must settle today for honoring Herman Daly’s review published in the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy’s Daly News (named after the former World Bank senior economist and now-famous father of ecological economics). Daly likes Kerryn Higgs’ book, so that is recommendation enough: “A short review cannot do justice to such an excellent and detailed book.” Unlike many books about economics, Collision Course sounds like a fascinating read: “This informative book is about the...
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SelfLESS Act of Choosing to be Childfree Publication of the book, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, by Meghan Daum has focused temporary, but significant media attention on all the baggage associated with the decision NOT to bring children into the world. Today on the Wall of Fame I want to thank and honor Meghan Daum and several of the news organizations for this attention. It’s a conversation we need. I will admit I’m not particularly crazy about the book title. It is easy to – incorrectly – infer the essays within cast the childfree choice in a negative light. I’ve...
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