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Nature: "You Treat Me Like Dirt" I’m excited to share with you today a series of videos that are quite impressive. These are the cornerstones of a new Nature is Speaking campaign from Conservation International. The campaign “aims to raise awareness that people need nature in order to survive.” The organization’s Humanifesto states: “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature.” The website itself is elegant and impressive. In this series of short films, “nature reveals serious misgivings about the way humans are treating the Earth.” They are beautifully produced. The writing, cinematography and music are superb. Penélope Cruz, Harrison Ford, Edward Norton, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, and Kevin...
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Oh, the Woes of Global Growth! Global Growth Woes Threaten to Beset U.S. Economy. This Wall Street Journal report earns a spot on the Wall of Shame as a textbook example of pro-growth bias in the media. It’s evident writers Josh Zumbrun and Nick Timiraos were suckled on the Kool-Aid of growth worship: “The specter of deflation in Europe and a slowdown in China and other emerging markets are threatening to hobble the U.S. economy at a time when the world could use a reliable growth engine.” It’s easy to think the world needs a “growth engine” when you don’t slow down and consider what year-over-year economic...
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Brian Czechs Krugman on Limits to Growth Brian Czech is an excellent writer and a smart economist, so it’s never a surprise to find the founder of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy on the Wall of Fame. With Paul Krugman on Limits to Growth: Beware the Bathwater, Czech adds to the drubbing being administered to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman for his defense of the fairy tile of growth everlasting. “…those of us who recognize limits to growth have sound science, common sense, and burgeoning evidence on our side. The same cannot be said for Krugman's opinion.” Of course, if you need the...
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Why So Hard to Question Growth? This week I’ve shared interesting writing about whether we can reasonably expect to keep growing the global economy on a finite planet. We’ve had some nonsense claiming to prove it’s possible, from Paul Krugman in the New York Times, and we’ve seen a very logical and credible rebuttal from Richard Heinberg at Post Carbon Institute. In Do We Dare to Question Economic Growth, UK Guardian blogger Warwick Smith, an Australian research economist, has added to the debate with another angle: “The endless pursuit of economic growth is making us unhappy and risks destroying the Earth’s capacity to sustain us. The good news is that...
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Heinberg: The Limits of Hubris Yesterday I provided links to the first few skirmishes in an ongoing debate between a pro-growth economist and a group of scientists and other realists who understand there are true limits to growth. Krugman’s latest on the subject, Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth, earned its rightful place on the Wall of Shame yesterday. Today I salute Richard Heinberg on the Wall of Fame, for his response, Paul Krugman and the Limits of Hubris. I love it for its entertainment value, because Krugman really begged for a sound drubbing. But it’s a worthwhile read for many other reasons. “It’s interesting...
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