What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Sanford: Growth Mythology on Parade Yesterday the Wall of Shame spotlighted particularly biased reporting by an Australian journalist, celebrating without question the economic, population and consumption growth of the state of New South Wales. Today I’m featuring the words of a community leader and policymaker in the city of Sanford, North Carolina. The Sanford Herald recently ran this letter from Richard Hayes, a former county commissioner: Sanford Must Summon Courage to Overcome Obstacles The letter’s first paragraph contains all the usual suspects in growth mythology (I’ve underlined the culprits): “The Sanford Herald has pinpointed various activities Sanford leaders have planned to ensure quality economic growth and to...
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NSW Winning Race to Collapse Class is now in session. We have an over-the-top illustration of extreme pro-growth bias in news reporting. The first hint of this came from the headline in the Sydney Morning Herald: Surging NSW Ensconced as Number One State, WA Slips Ranking cities or states according to population or economic growth may seem a small thing in terms of bias, but the public sees this over and over and over again. By the time you’re 30 years old, you’re convinced the fastest growing are at the top of the heap, and the slowest growing, or the contracting, are losing the race. Let me...
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How to Save the Planet for $10 Essays Against Growthism belongs in your guest bathroom. This is not meant as disparaging in any way; it’s just an idea for getting these words of wisdom in front of as many people as possible. Place it in the waiting room of your business or medical facility. In short, put it anyplace you’ll find a captive audience with 5 minutes to kill. Each essay is a short read. The only problem with my advice is that this book is available only as an ebook or pdf. This reader offers 12 brief essays by Herman Daly, the dean of ecological economics. He...
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Unquestioned Booster Folklore: They are Coming; We Must Build It You know what they say, “Think globally, act locally.” While growth addiction is a global problem, it is practiced regularly at the local level. You may not know, but I say: “You can’t have a sustainable world if it’s made up of lots of communities behaving unsustainably.” That leads us to shame a story in the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported by Adam Russell. This is a textbook example of reporting founded on pro-growth assumptions (Don’t take it too hard, Adam; we’ve all been programmed from birth to believe growth is the Holy Grail. We forgive you, but we encourage you to...
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Limits to Growth: Contrary View and No Spin Korea Times lands on the Wall of Fame today for Global Warming Going from Bad to Worse. It's not every day a newspaper interviews an expert with a view that’s contrary to the mainstream “grow, baby, grow” paradigm. "I'm deeply worried because our future could have been so much better than it is going to be,’ Jorgen Randers, a Norwegian scholar, said in an interview with The Korea Times, Thursday. ‘Climate change will get worse and worse over the next 40 years." Randers was in Korea to deliver a keynote speech to the ICLEI World Congress. He’s a newsmaker, but too...
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