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Paris Climate Accord Response a Mixed Bag A windstorm of media coverage over the weekend announced an accord was reached in the Paris climate talks. The reviews were mixed. Today’s USA Today quotes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: "The result will be a very clear signal to the marketplace of the world that people are moving into low-carbon, no-carbon, alternative, renewable energy, and I think it's going to create millions of jobs, enormous investments into R&D, and that R&D is going to create the solutions…." Kerry MAY realize the total global economy needs to shrink if we are to come anywhere close to the temperature-rise goals of the...
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AP: Include Both Perspectives & Leave Out Reporter Opinions in Economic Reporting Woe is me. According to Martin Crutsinger of Associated Press: “The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a tepid annual rate of 1.5 per cent in the July-September quarter….” Fortunately: “Encouragingly for the economy, consumer spending remained solid….” If there is a sarcasm emoticon, insert it here. Because I’m actually disappointed in the economic reporters around the world who insert their value judgments about GDP growth into every story, such as this one about the latest quarterly U.S. GDP growth estimates. The reports assume that robust growth is universally acclaimed and...
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Economic Reporting Driven With Defective Dashboard Today’s Wall of Shame “honoree” is a classic example of the pro growth bias that pervades our media. It’s classic because it illustrates perfectly these key points that are central to what we’re trying to highlight at Growth Bias Busted: Pro growth bias is presented not as a perspective, and opinion, or one of many viewpoints. It is presented as unquestioned, universal truth. In most cases, journalists guilty of biased reporting are not conscious of the bias. They do not intend to propagandize. Their reporting is informed by years of bias that have clouded their own judgment. I know the reporter...
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Fall Out of Love How about a good song to inspire us all to be better stewards of the one planet we have to work with? I thought I’d share Love Song to Earth with you today just to put a little sunshine in your life. The gorgeous images in this video, directed by Jerry Cope and Casey Culver, remind us what a wonderful place the Earth is. Vocal performances by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie and Colbie Caillat add to the emotional appeal. The lyrics are actually quite honest: “If we continue there’ll only be emptiness.” That’s pretty serious....
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Earth as a Petri Dish - This Makes SO Much Sense! Sadly, it’s all too easy to cite examples of pro-growth bias in the media, as we do here almost daily. Worship of growth everlasting pervades our culture. Politicians and journalists alike pursue and celebrate economic growth without pausing to examine the effects and physical possibility or impossibility. It is an unexamined assumption. So it’s a rare pleasure to honor here on the Wall of Fame something from the media that examines the assumption, considers the effects and argues rationally and convincingly against the conventional growth-seeking “wisdom.” That piece is: Earth as a Petri Dish: The Problem of Growth Of course, I have...
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