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Joe Barry of the Irish Independent is not optimistic. But he’s not necessarily wrong either. “Despite all the warnings of global warming and imminent disaster, it is unlikely that we will change our ways until a real catastrophe actually occurs.” It’s sad but true. And this isn’t to say that real catastrophes aren’t happening right now but our natural human myopia apparently is making it difficult to connect the dots and see the big picture. Barry blames our refusal to adjust our way of living for our inability to accept our role in climate change and therefore do anything about it. Shoot, we can’t even talk about what the root of...
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One of the unfortunate things about the Internet is it makes it possible for people who don’t think things through completely to write half-witted columns and make it appear they have done their research and know what they’re talking about. I’m not saying that’s the case with Ryan Cooper at The Week; you draw your own conclusion. Oh hell, that’s exactly what I’m saying about Cooper. This should be titled, "What some 'journalists' get wrong when they don't think the population/consumption issue through." There are so many holes in the reasoning behind What Liberals Get Wrong About Having Kids, that Swiss cheese is getting an inferiority complex. Exhibit One: “In a...
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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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