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Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life USA Today’s Paul Davidson fell into all the classic traps in reporting that, “The American consumer has a pulse, after all.” This news story goes beyond reporting the facts about rising U.S. retail sales. The assumption that more consumption is good news is evident throughout.  “The improvement marks a shift from a couple of months ago, when rising food and gas prices, along with modest wage growth, threatened to undercut forecasts for brisker consumer spending.” American “consumers” stepped up purchases of automobiles, furniture, electronics, sporting goods and clothing. Davidson calls this an “improvement.” A scientist assessing our ecosystems and resources would call it...
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Germany Exploits Immigrants to Feed Growth Addiction The headline for this news story just screams for a spot on the Wall of Shame: Germany Opens Doors to Immigrants to Fuel Economy It might even seem compassionate on the surface, but there is so much wrong with the thinking behind both this public policy and the unquestioning reporting: “Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development determined that Germany is the world’s second most popular destination for immigrants after the United States.” That’s a fact, and there is nothing wrong with reporting the facts. But the story is then turned over to a growth booster: “Unlike many other countries...
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Okotoks Drools Over Plan to Kill Goose Joe Bish, of Population Media Center, brought this story to my attention yesterday. The headline and subhead say it all: Okotoks Gets Ready For The Big Boom With 60-Year-PlanCity With Small-Town Soul Plans For Impressive Growth I share (and shame) it here because of what Bish describes as, the “un-abandoned glee and mirth that city managers and development corporations are experiencing -- as the ‘new plan’ is to gun for a population of 82,000 as soon as possible.” This, for a small Canadian town that in 2012 removed its population cap of 30,000, which was based on an assessment of the town’s...
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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the Wall of Shame today. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that WWF is offering “Green Tips” to help individuals scale back their footprint. With 7.2 billion of us on the planet, it’s essential we are each very conscious and intentional about minimizing our...
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Growth Fever Contagion Identified in Reporting on Growth This story from Inside Tucson Business is a classic example of why we started Growth Bias Busted. Promising Future For Marana; Growth In Population, Employment And Income probably raised no red flags for the vast majority of readers.  “From 2010 to now the population has increased from about 35,000 residents to 40,000. Curt Woody, economic development and strategic initiatives manager, recognizes the mayor and council and supportive residents for the town’s growth.” It blithely assumes that population growth is good for the town of Marana. It assumes there is nothing controversial or even debatable about this. And it assumes there is...
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Keep Calm and Plunder the Planet One of the biggest growth-pushers is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, so it’s not surprising to see the Chamber responsible for today’s classic example of boosterism. In Letting Economic Growth Increase Our Ability to Lead Cleaner Lives, David Chavern, President of the U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, cherry-picks the data to perpetuate the myth that our life-supporting ecosystems are better off for economic growth. “Falls Church, like much of the East Coast, was completely denuded of trees in the 18th and 19th centuries in order to support agriculture, building and energy needs. What turned that around and allowed...
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