What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On You can always count on a headline like this to attract the magnifying glass of the Truth Squad here at Growth Bias Busted: Don’t Fear Growth – It’s No Longer The Enemy Of The Planet. It’s not a joke. It’s simply another effort by growth-pushers to reassure us that we can be selfish, greedy, and gluttonous, and the world will still go round. In this commentary published, for some strange reason, by the UK Guardian, Chris Huhne takes a bit of data: “…the two-century link between growth and energy has broken. The UK economy has doubled in real terms since 1985,...
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Earth Overshoot Day: Media Coverage Underwhelms Earth Overshoot Day came and went yesterday with very little fanfare. Considering the very serious ramifications of humanity being in overshoot, it should have been the lead story on every newscast and in every newspaper. Since that was not the case, I have no choice but to put the world’s news media on the Wall of Shame, en masse. “Global Footprint Network tracks humanity’s demand on the planet (Ecological Footprint) against nature’s biocapacity, i.e., its ability to replenish the planet’s resources and absorb waste, including CO2. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s Footprint in a given year exceeds what...
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The Real Threat to Our Drinking Water Two major cities this year went without water for days due to contaminated supplies. David S. Beckman’s opinion piece in today’s New York Times uses these instances to remind us that “controlling water pollution is not a “set it and forget it” endeavor.” I have no gripe with this, and the steps recommended are all important. However, I am putting this piece on the Wall of Shame today to make a point about what is missing from Beckman’s list of remedies: ending population growth.  Environmentalists, conservationists and other activists often choose an area of focus; it’s very challenging to take on all...
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The American Dream: What Do We Want for Our Kids? Robert Samuelson’s latest syndicated column expressed the very real concerns of parents in the U.S., perhaps in most developed nations: “I have three 20-somethings, and although all are now gainfully occupied in jobs or school, I am awash in anxiety about their future. Will jobs be there? Will they be stable? Will they pay enough? Will they encourage our children to start families of their own?” It’s true, gone are the days when a college degree virtually guaranteed a job and a decent wage. A college education is more expensive than ever, while job offers are scarce and starting salaries disappointing. College...
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NewYork Times: Economic Engines Not Revving Enough Yesterday we hoisted U.S. President Barack Obama onto the Wall of Shame for representing 4% GDP growth as good news and bragging, “our engines are revving.” Today, the New York Times Editorial Board joins the President, for opining that the engines aren’t revving enough. In Growth Without Jobs, the Times complains about, “job growth that is too weak, wages that are too low and workweeks that are too short.” The Times editorial board provides us with the usual tripe about needing more work and higher pay. I am waiting for the board to step back and examine the assumptions behind this line...
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Obama: Hot Rod Economy Braggadocio Happy Birthday, Mr. President, you’re on the Wall of Shame today! I really hate to ruin his day, but U.S. President Obama’s remarks to the news media last Thursday offer a classic example of the deadly requirement that politicians promise and deliver economic growth. One day archeologists will view the first few minutes of this video and scratch their heads. Celebrated:  “…our economy created over 200,000 new jobs in July.  That’s on top of about 300,000 new jobs in June.  So we are now in a six-month streak with at least 200,000 new jobs each month.  That's the first time that has...
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