What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Heinberg and Williams Rout Krugman on Economic Growth vs. Livable Climate Today the UN holds a one-day Climate Summit, and that has sparked a spate of activity lately around that issue. Worth sharing is some public debate over a recent report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The report, which I’ve not read, apparently concludes that we can intensify efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND have significant economic growth. You can just hear the sighs of relief in corporate boardrooms and cabinet meetings. For a while there it looked like we were going to have to make the planet the biggest slow-cooker in history. In Errors and Emissions:...
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Study: 95% Chance We are Stupid You might think a new study just confirms the obvious. There is a 95% probability the human race is not going to wise up and get serious about ending population growth in this century. It’s not good news, but when the news is bad, we need it, and we need it delivered factually and honestly. Applause this morning goes to the UK Guardian for judging this story to be newsworthy, and to reporter Damian Carrington for reporting about population growth without the pro-growth biases we too often see. This is especially noteworthy when you consider the fact that this story has so...
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Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other With the UN Climate Summit convening next week, this piece by today’s honorees on the Wall of Fame is very timely. A tip of the hat goes to longtime population experts Joseph Chamie and Barry Mirkin, who have given the world an informed, thoughtful and very candid talking-to, published in the independent digital journal, PassBlue, which covers the UN. “Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other.” Amen, sister. “…the mitigation...
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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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