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Growth First. Then These Other Things Can be Dealt With It’s not often we get a great laugh at Growth Bias Busted. After all, we’re dealing with media bias reinforcing a cult-like belief that’s sending our civilization right off a cliff. Today is an exception. I am absolutely tickled to share with you this mock interview with “Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey” from the Australian satirical team, Clarke and Dawe. This talented duo has been performing satirical interviews on Australian television off and on since 1989. This video, which aired on Australia’s ABC, followed up on the recent G20 Leaders Summit held in Brisbane. “Growth was the key message, that went in and...
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Red Lights Flashing for Global Economy What is the emergency? Sure enough, we are worried about slowing economic growth. AP reporter Danica Kirka filed this story summarizing the state of the world’s economies. The headline actually was suggested by an opinion piece in the UK Guardian written by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron had left the most recent G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, with serious concerns. Serious enough to flip on the flashing red warning lights on his batmobile, or whatever it is he travels in while racing about to get the world’s economies back into planet liquidation mode. The G20 leaders promised to do their part: “…the...
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Proliferating People a Mere Nuisance to Colorado Water Plans A headline like this begs for a spot on the Growth Bias Busted Wall of Shame: Colorado Girds for Proliferating People and Increasingly Scarce Water Why wouldn’t I be celebrating coverage of the challenges presented by population growth? It’s simple. This story treats population growth as inevitable, and does not include in its water-scarcity responses doing something about the population – like stabilizing or contracting it (it’s actually not that difficult).  I’m afraid Denver Post reporter Bruce Finley has fallen into the same trap that snares 96% of journalists. This report is stuck inside the box defined by a set of...
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Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About National Journal energy and environment correspondent Jason Plautz got my attention with this lead: “The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about.” Writing about the taboo on talking or writing about eliminating or slowing population growth obviously chips away at that taboo. It also lands a journalist on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. So bravo to Plautz, and to The Atlantic for publishing this report on a discussion at the...
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Population Growth Bad for Climate (Duh!) Former UK Guardian Science Editor Tim Radford earns Wall of Fame status today for writing about the link between population and climate disruption. Tim wrote UN Population Growth Data is Bad News for Climate for the daily climate news service, Climate News Network. I applaud China Dialogue and Policy Innovations for running the story. The kudos for Policy Innovations are a bit faint, however, as this online magazine from Carnegie Council published the story as “commentary,” not news. It is also disturbing to me that I could find this story in no other publications. It’s about a new demographic study published in the September...
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