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Death-Cab for Singapore Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) adorns our Wall of Shame this morning for demonstrating it is completely clueless about the value of calculating ecological footprint, and certainly about the meaning of the word "sustainabiity." In a news release last week the Ministry defended its poor ranking in WWF’s recently released 2014 Living Planet Report. The report ranked Singapore 7th highest global footprint per capita (the U.S. ranked 8th). This apparently rankled the bureaucrats at MEWR. On October 7 an editorial in The Real Singapore underscored the unsustainability of Singapore’s footprint. The headline alone hurt MEWR’s feelings: WWF: IF EVERYONE...
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Economic Anxiety Creates Sustainability Predicament Ben White’s analysis in POLITICO’s Morning Money last week, Economic Anxiety Dominates 2014, is on the Wall of Fame today because it reports accurately on the sad (for our children’s future) state of affairs in U.S. politics. I have a problem with White’s report, but we’ll get to that shortly. I had to go with Wall of Fame because, as we approach the November 4 elections here in the U.S., the premise of the piece is on the money: “…the outcome on Election Day could suggest that voters are disgusted with anyone in power and hungry for real, concrete plans to...
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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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