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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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Economists Are Blind to the Limits of Growth Bloomberg is one big conglomerate focused on growth. The company provides data to help investors grow the value of their portfolios, and economic and business growth are routine topics on Bloomberg’s business news network. While it is rare, it does happen that Bloomberg occasionally publishes something that questions growth. This commentary by physicist and Bloomberg View columnist Mark Buchanan takes (most) economists to task for their uncritical quest for neverending economic growth. “For all their calculating nature, economists are surprisingly optimistic about humanity's ability to have as much prosperity as it wants. Express concern about the negative impact of excessive growth on our...
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Climate Change Solution in Women's Bodies Some of the best writing about family planning intersects linking climate change with population growth to form today’s very worthy honoree on the Wall of Fame. Author and psychologist Valerie Tarico’s recent commentary at AlterNet is eloquent, compassionate, informed and accurate. Don’t miss this one. Tarico begins with the little-discussed fact that bringing population growth to an end sooner will provide significant carbon reduction (at a lower cost than tech solutions, she adds): “The Aspen Institute has estimated that voluntary family planning for all who want it could provide 8-15 percent of needed carbon reductions.”  Then she sets up the rest of...
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