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California: Come On In, the Water's Fine An Associated Press (AP) story about causes and cures for California’s “mega-drought” is a classic, textbook example of how an addict comes up with a million reasons NOT to end his/her substance abuse today. Maybe tomorrow, but not today.  What’s blamed for California’s drought? Basically Everything That’s the headline over AP statehouse reporter Fenit Nirappil’s piece, which clearly has an agenda. Yes, many journalists should be joining us at growth-aholics anonymous meetings. Our culture of growth is so strong that well-intentioned reporters can’t help but repeat and reinforce the destructive attitudes and beliefs that keep us addicted to growth, even as...
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Pope's Absurd Population Position Most media coverage of the encyclical released by the Vatican last week has focused on the pope’s call for action to address climate change and poverty. Some coverage, however, has zeroed in on the encyclical’s take on population. The Population Institute’s Robert Walker writes impressively from an informed perspective on population issues at Huffington Post, so I was anxious to read his take. In The Papal Encyclical: Taking Umbrage, Walker expresses a view shared by many sustainable population advocates. “While I heartily applaud his call to action on climate change, I was struck, and personally so, when he writes that, ‘Instead...
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Overpopulation Denial, Ignorance, Optimism and Boosterism Yesterday we took to task one of the many overpopulation deniers who celebrated at least parts of the recent New York Times mini-documentary claiming humanity has figured out how to grow our population past 7 billion without the crises biologist Paul Ehrlich warned of in the 1968 book, The Population Bomb.  Of course there have also been many responses critical of the Times report. So far, the best rebuttals I’ve seen are James Howard Kunstler’s and my own, published last week (listed below). If you run across a noteworthy rebuttal, let me know. I am, however, anxious to move on to other examples of...
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Mosher Wants You Barefoot & Pregnant This week I’m sharing a few noteworthy responses to the journalistic train wreck from the New York Times last week declaring the population bomb defused. When I saw  birth-dearth fearmonger Stephen Mosher on the byline for a piece at the radical pro-life website, LifeNews, I thought he’d be celebrating. No, he isn’t satisfied; the Times didn’t go far enough. So Mosher, along with Roback Morse, both of the astroturf-named Population Research Institute, adorn the Wall of Shame this morning, for The New York Times Finally Throws in the Towel on the “Overpopulation” Myth. This critique is hard on Mosher, but it must...
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New York Times Fail on Overpopulation A video and brief written report published by the New York Times get star treatment today on the Wall of Shame. The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion is a disappointing advocacy piece posing as “reporting.”  The video, produced by Kit R. Roane and Sarah Weiser, seems designed from the outset to make a point: that the concerns about world overpopulation that received a lot of attention in the 1960s and 1970s were unwarranted. It’s easy to jump to that conclusion if it supports your worldview. The producers dug up some great archival footage and gave us a fascinating retrospective. They brought useful...
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