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Save Water So We Can Grow! In the arid American West, just about any idea to save water seems like a good one. I’m reminded of the Mad Magazine sticker I saw as a kid: Save Water – Shower With Your Steady This story about eliminating property taxes to conserve water introduces some interesting motives and myths to the issue. “A new report shows that the elimination of property taxes funneled to water suppliers could save significant amounts of water in the nation's second driest state and have the largest users — government and the wealthy — paying the ‘true’ cost of water." If property taxes subsidize water supply...
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Okotoks Drools Over Plan to Kill Goose Joe Bish, of Population Media Center, brought this story to my attention yesterday. The headline and subhead say it all: Okotoks Gets Ready For The Big Boom With 60-Year-PlanCity With Small-Town Soul Plans For Impressive Growth I share (and shame) it here because of what Bish describes as, the “un-abandoned glee and mirth that city managers and development corporations are experiencing -- as the ‘new plan’ is to gun for a population of 82,000 as soon as possible.” This, for a small Canadian town that in 2012 removed its population cap of 30,000, which was based on an assessment of the town’s...
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Growth Fever Contagion Identified in Reporting on Growth This story from Inside Tucson Business is a classic example of why we started Growth Bias Busted. Promising Future For Marana; Growth In Population, Employment And Income probably raised no red flags for the vast majority of readers.  “From 2010 to now the population has increased from about 35,000 residents to 40,000. Curt Woody, economic development and strategic initiatives manager, recognizes the mayor and council and supportive residents for the town’s growth.” It blithely assumes that population growth is good for the town of Marana. It assumes there is nothing controversial or even debatable about this. And it assumes there is...
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Natural News Network: Las Vegas Gambles on a Sure Loss I was quite excited to find and share today’s honoree on the Wall of Fame. It is so uncommon to see someone blast the sheer stupidity of the growth obsession that occupies most cities in the arid American West. Mike Adams does a splendid job of giving Las Vegas (and a few others) a major smack in the head with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix And Other Cities Headed For Imminent Water Supply Collapse; Wave Of Drought Refugees Now Inevitable. Okay, maybe he doesn’t get an A for headline writing. But otherwise he is a hero in my book. “One bizarre...
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Letter to the Editor: We Can Stop Growth Though “letters to the editor” published in newspapers and magazines don’t carry the same clout as the stories, or even the editorials, I do believe an abundance of letters correcting pro-growth misinformation and mythology could do some good. In that spirit, today I want to honor Neil Dawe, who sent this letter to the Parksville Qualicum Beach News with some wisdom about proposed Parksville sewage system expansion. "Because of past excessive growth, the citizens of Parksville will be asked through referendum if they are in favour of borrowing monies for a new water treatment plant, which we will have to pay back plus interest." Dawe expresses...
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