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A headline like this pretty much guarantees a place of honor on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. It’s attention-getting. It’s true. And it’s extremely rare. That’s precisely WHY there is a Growth Bias Busted. In order for our culture to mature from its economic adolescence, we need to celebrate and laud those who are writing our new cultural narrative. And we need to shame those who keep reinforcing the same, tired fairy tales about the pot of gold at the end of the growth rainbow. We can always count on Gar Alperovitz to write intelligently and provocatively about our economic growth follies. Professor of political economy at...
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“Let me begin with four words… four words that will come to define this century. Here they are: The Earth is full. It's full of us, it's full of our stuff, full of our waste, full of our demands. Yes, we are a brilliant and creative species, but we've created a little too much stuff -- so much that our economy is now bigger than its host, our planet. This is not a philosophical statement, this is just science based in physics, chemistry and biology. There are many science-based analyses of this, but they all draw the same conclusion -- that we're living beyond our means.” Have we used up all...
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Last week a group of companies announced they have signed the Climate Declaration, urging legislators to address climate change. I see this as a good thing. Too often companies question the science because they see reduction of greenhouse gases as costing them money (which is probably true in the short run). However, something caught my eye in this EcoWatch report about the declaration, which quoted Hans Cole, environmental campaigns and advocacy manager at Patagonia: “We see the dire impacts of climate change happening now…. But, there is an opportunity to spur innovation, shift policy and steer a different course.” What kind of innovation is Cole talking about? I turned to the...
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We know that The Daily Caller prides itself on being a politically conservative publication so finding something progressive regarding population growth would be as likely as hearing Sean Hannity talk about his love of nature. So don’t be fooled by the title of this article. These folks are NOT Bill Nye fans, nor are they big on viewing overpopulation as an actual problem. Oh and they also don’t think climate change is real. So we can safely give this Michael Bastasch piece a very comfortable home on the Wall of Shame. My favorite bit of propaganda is the disclaimer in the second paragraph. He quotes Nye as stating, “In the year...
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350.org leader Bill McKibben is a great communicator. His latest commentary, published in Rolling Stone, makes some excellent points, yet earns a place on our Wall of Shame today. In this commentary, McKibben laments: “By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs. We are, despite slight declines in our domestic emissions, a global-warming machine: At the moment when physics tell us we should be jamming on the...
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The unsustainability of perpetual economic growth is a topic more taboo than world overpopulation. It’s a very rare day we can honor a news broadcast for reporting on the perils of economic growth. Therefore I’m offering a standing ovation to Amy Goodman and Democracy Now for last week’s interview with climate scientists Keven Anderson and Alice Bows-Larkin. Anderson and Bows-Larkin deserve a round of applause themselves. “We turn now to a pair of climate scientists who are calling for what some may view as a shocking solution to the climate crisis: a rethinking of the economic order in the United States and other industrialized nations.” What really stands out about this...
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