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How to Save the Planet for $10 Essays Against Growthism belongs in your guest bathroom. This is not meant as disparaging in any way; it’s just an idea for getting these words of wisdom in front of as many people as possible. Place it in the waiting room of your business or medical facility. In short, put it anyplace you’ll find a captive audience with 5 minutes to kill. Each essay is a short read. The only problem with my advice is that this book is available only as an ebook or pdf. This reader offers 12 brief essays by Herman Daly, the dean of ecological economics. He...
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We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How The minute I watched this segment from RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, I knew it must adorn the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted immediately. The first 12 seconds capture the very essence of our work: “Growth! It’s the cornerstone of our society. We must continue to grow. The Dow Jones must continue to go up. Your bank account must keep growing. Your house just keeps getting bigger…. Growth is everything, right?” This wouldn’t be bad news if not for a few inconvenient truths: “Everyday we’re taught growth is good. But growth is also bad. Cancers grow, parasites grow,...
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Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt I'm certain the book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet, deserves a place on the Wall of Fame. Having not yet read it, I must settle today for honoring Herman Daly’s review published in the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy’s Daly News (named after the former World Bank senior economist and now-famous father of ecological economics). Daly likes Kerryn Higgs’ book, so that is recommendation enough: “A short review cannot do justice to such an excellent and detailed book.” Unlike many books about economics, Collision Course sounds like a fascinating read: “This informative book is about the...
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Californians Drowning in Denial My standard approach when evaluating a news story for Wall of Shame dishonor is to copy all the examples of pro-growth bias I might want to highlight. That process took quite awhile in the case of this New York Times front page story: California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth “Some studies suggest the drought is the worst in more than a thousand years.” “…until recently, it seemed that the California dream was sustainable….” What may well be the new normal for California water is raising lots of questions. “a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state announced last...
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Economic Growth Group Draws Blueprint for Planetary Destruction 10 counties in south central Kansas, a university a think tank and a foundation share the spotlight today on the Wall of Shame. They are undertaking an effort called Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, as reported by John Green in The Hutchinson News: Economic Growth Group to Start This story caught my eye, because the last thing a full planet needs is another “economic growth” group. But Wichita State University, several counties, the Kaufman Foundation and the Brookings Institution are apparently not up to speed. They’ve probably not read the latest Living Planet Report. They may have missed The Limits to...
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