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Prosperity from Growth (for Developers) I honor David Schwartz of Chapel Hill, North Carolina today for this recent commentary in The News/Observer: Growth Pays, If You’re A Developer  Schwartz tells us: “Growth doesn’t pay for itself.” He highlights the observations of Wake County Manager Jim Hartmann: “During his long public service career, he has had ample opportunity to observe, in fast-growing areas such as central Florida, northern Virginia, and now here in the Triangle, that the costs communities incur to provide services to growing populations – costs for schools, roads, buses, police, fire, parks – exceed the new revenues that growth brings.” Schwartz next points out...
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Save the Planet and Sleep Soundly The decision of whether to have children, or how many children to have, is worthy of very serious consideration. We honor Amanda Chatel and Bustle today for offering this conversation: 7 Reasons To Not Have Kids That Are Supported By Science, Because You Are Never Getting That Sleep Back Giving up a lot of sleep is a great, tongue-in-cheek way to get some attention. Though it is true, it probably sounds a little selfish. Truth be told, however, bringing children into this world is a more selfish act. Chatel catalogues some of the downsides to parenthood here. “…becoming a parent has some...
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Growth Kool-Aid from USA Today USA Today makes the Wall of Shame today for biased reporting. This story by Paul Davidson and Doug Carroll clearly demonstrates how unexamined assumptions pervade economics reporting and reinforce the myths that are driving our civilization off a cliff: What to Watch in Economic News This Week That seems innocuous enough, but that apparent innocence actually adds to a story’s power to define our culture of growth. The growthisms throughout this story are presented not as one perspective, but as universal truths. That leaves readers with the impression they are uncontested; that there are no negative consequences of our endless pursuit...
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Overpopulation: The Real Story I get the occasional email from Paul Ehrlich, the Stanford Biologist famous for penning, with his wife Anne, The Population Bomb, and for never giving up his quest to inspire rational thinking and behavior about sustainability. Paul alerted me to this extraordinary bit of reporting on the overpopulation issue: ENVIRONMENTALISM’S DIRTY SECRET It's a lousy title, implying the piece will be about something nefarious. But perhaps it attracted some readers who would have otherwise given it a pass. Paul’s comment on the piece itself was: “Not too bad from my purely unprejudiced viewpoint.” That great sense of humor is just one...
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Earth Day: Is Ending Overpopulation Possible? I’m going to be generous today and celebrate Nick Stockton of Wired magazine for writing about world overpopulation on Earth Day. The headline alone is worthy of high praise: The Biggest Threat to the Earth? We Have Too Many Kids This topic is still so taboo even a poorly sourced story gets Wall of Fame status (more about that sourcing in a moment). “TODAY IS EARTH Day…. There will be speeches about sustainability, discussions about air quality, and pamphlets on how to reduce your carbon footprint. You might even learn how to help save some sub-Saharan elephants, but nobody will be addressing...
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