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Chinese Women Incubate Too Few Workers I’m completely floored that “experts” have gone from worrying so much about growth of the biggest population on Earth (China), to fretting about that growth coming to an end. In today’s pro-growth bias shame, China's Declining Birthrate a Cause for Concern, AsiaOne's Yang Wanli writes: “Experts are calling for an accelerated scrapping of the one-child policy as the nation's birthrate moves toward a dangerously low level.” I’m concerned, but not about a “dangerously low level” birthrate. My worry: Here we are on a full planet, with overwhelming evidence that the scale of the human enterprise has overshot a sustainable level. We should...
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Obama Economy Needs Boost? The headline above this op-ed in the Washington Times is a textbook example of why politicians feel they must promise and deliver a booming economy: Under Obama, Economic Growth Withers We routinely throw them out of office if elected officials preside over a recession or a lackluster recovery. In this piece, Charles Ortel goes out of his way to make the U.S. President pay the price for an economy that doesn’t measure up to his standard for what an economy should do. “…financial sophisticates do not believe the economic-growth story that the Obama administration so ham-handedly still tries to sell.” I’m...
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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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Can We Live the Good Life Without Economic Growth? I frequently implore journalists to ask more questions about pros and cons, and physical possibilities, of economic and/or population growth. It almost never happens, so when it does, you can bet that will find its way to our Wall of Fame. I’m thrilled to honor Reuters for publishing this, and Hugo Dixon for asking the question: “Is the good life possible without economic growth?” This opinion piece tells us an editor, no less, at a major worldwide news organization understands limits to growth better than they normally let on. “Merely raising the question challenges the conventional contemporary wisdom that a society’s prime goal...
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Colorado Water Plan: Grow Now, Worry Later Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper debuts on the Wall of Shame for a post yesterday on his Facebook page (another first for Growth Bias Busted). Thanks to Gary Wockner of SaveThe Colorado for alerting me to this. Post by John W. Hickenlooper. An influential politician is celebrating growth and spreading pro-growth mythology. Nothing to see here; move along. But in this case we get a direct link to some of the programming that turns an elected official into a high priest of the church of growth everlasting. Governor Hickenlooper (or a member of his staff) was reacting to a story in the Denver Business...
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