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Chinese Women Incubate Too Few Workers I’m completely floored that “experts” have gone from worrying so much about growth of the biggest population on Earth (China), to fretting about that growth coming to an end. In today’s pro-growth bias shame, China's Declining Birthrate a Cause for Concern, AsiaOne's Yang Wanli writes: “Experts are calling for an accelerated scrapping of the one-child policy as the nation's birthrate moves toward a dangerously low level.” I’m concerned, but not about a “dangerously low level” birthrate. My worry: Here we are on a full planet, with overwhelming evidence that the scale of the human enterprise has overshot a sustainable level. We should...
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Be a Vegan Monk and Crank Out All the Babies You Want How the New York Times covers growth issues matters. The Times gets a large number of eyeballs and has a reputation that gives this news organization a lot of influence. That’s why I’m going back a couple of months to resurrect Andrew Revkin’s commentary about the link between population and climate change: On the Path Past 9 Billion, Little Crosstalk Between U.N. Sessions on Population and Global Warming We can always count on Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for informed, thoughtful news and perspectives. As I read this, I was getting the feeling I’d honor it on the Wall of Fame.  “Largely...
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Colorado in Bottom 5 for Sustainability This week saw some pretty shameful examples of pro-growth bias in the media, plus on Facebook (a new twist for Growth Bias Busted). Sure enough, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Facebook post garnered the most votes. He celebrated Colorado ranking “in the Top 5 nationally for population growth, employment growth, wage & salary growth and personal income growth….” This in a state that just released its draft plan for idling agriculture (that’s how we get our food) in order to continue insane population growth rates along the Front Range. The very same news could just as easily, and more accurately, have been portrayed...
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Colorado Water Plan: Grow Now, Worry Later Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper debuts on the Wall of Shame for a post yesterday on his Facebook page (another first for Growth Bias Busted). Thanks to Gary Wockner of SaveThe Colorado for alerting me to this. Post by John W. Hickenlooper. An influential politician is celebrating growth and spreading pro-growth mythology. Nothing to see here; move along. But in this case we get a direct link to some of the programming that turns an elected official into a high priest of the church of growth everlasting. Governor Hickenlooper (or a member of his staff) was reacting to a story in the Denver Business...
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U.S. Economic Stats Spark Growth Lovefest In recent weeks, the U.S. Government has released economic statistics that made the news media feel all gooey and mushy. The fastest GDP growth in a decade and the most job growth in three years set off celebrations of growth. The Holy Grail is in our grasp. On Friday Wall of Shame regular Christopher Rugaber’s AP story about the jobs numbers included this quote from Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics: "They indicate that the U.S. economy is on very solid ground." That AP story inspired headlines like these: Job Gains Put US on Pace for Best Growth Since '99 (ABC News)...
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