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Growth Profiteer: Keep Calm and Party On You can always count on a headline like this to attract the magnifying glass of the Truth Squad here at Growth Bias Busted: Don’t Fear Growth – It’s No Longer The Enemy Of The Planet. It’s not a joke. It’s simply another effort by growth-pushers to reassure us that we can be selfish, greedy, and gluttonous, and the world will still go round. In this commentary published, for some strange reason, by the UK Guardian, Chris Huhne takes a bit of data: “…the two-century link between growth and energy has broken. The UK economy has doubled in real terms since 1985,...
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Lake Mead Sinks To A Record Low We could pretty much pile ALL the reporting on the California drought into one big Wall of Shame post for completely ignoring the obvious imbalance between water supply and population in the American West. These types of crises happen when a region is in overshoot. But today I’ll just pick on Henry Brean and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the latest offense. “Lake Mead sank to a record this week, its surface nudging downward a few tenths of an inch late Wednesday night to 1,081.82 feet above sea level.” Lake Mead Sinks to a Record Low is a headline we’d all...
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Rubin and Suzuki - End of Growth Tour Today I commend David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin for their End of Growth Tour. We don’t often fame or shame really old news, but today is one of those exceptions – because the subject of this fame is really exceptional. The tour actually took place in the Fall of 2012, but I only recently learned of it (thanks to Karen Gaia’s World Overpopulation Awareness newsletter). The good news is you can access a video made at the London, Ontario stop at University of Western Ontario: This is not a snappy three-minute cartoon. It is a fascinating 45:00 presentation with some meat,...
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Ehrlich and Tobias: The Biological Bottom Line I was excited recently to discover the publication of a book authored by Paul Ehrlich and Michael Tobias. I’ve not yet read it, so Paul and Michael do not find themselves on the Wall of Fame today for its publication. Rather they are honored here for an essay, The Biological Bottom Line, published a few weeks ago on the Population Media Center Blog. The essay no doubt is intended to give a taste of what we’ll find in the book. The authors tell us Hope on Earth: A Conversation explores the “ethical and pragmatic components of the one versus the many...
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Climate Change - Wrong Top Priority When we resurrect something 4 months old, it’s because it is exceptional. That applies to today’s Wall of Fame honoree. I don’t know how I missed Brian Czech’s bold piece on Huffington Post when first published, but I thank reader Mike Hanauer for suggesting it for honors here. Brian Czech is president of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy. Full disclosure: he is one of my heroes. He is responsible for first opening my eyes to our society’s addiction to economic growth and the destructive results. He’s also an excellent writer. I frequently recommend his book, Shoveling...
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