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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming We can always count on Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for informed, thoughtful news and perspectives. As I read this, I was getting the feeling I’d honor it on the Wall of Fame.  “Largely...
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U.S. to China: Mine Will Once Again be Bigger than Yours Carl Gibson’s How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again had potential. It all depends on whether “top” means “healthiest” or “biggest.” Unfortunately, the author has apparently been programmed to believe bigger is better, so he delivers than completely unsustainable message here. The size of China’s economy (the amount of annual economic throughput, as measured by GDP) surpassed that of the U.S. this year. This has caused consternation in the U.S., where policymakers, pundits, the general public, and many journalists believe we are in a competition – to see who has the biggest. Gibson: “China has overtaken the U.S. as...
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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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