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Like Spoiled Teenagers – Corporations Claim Everything is Unfair Diving in to look at journalistic coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and of the new EPA standards I have begun to see a pattern. From Stan Dempsey of the Colorado Petroleum Association commenting on the new EPA standards to the agreements written in the Trans-Pacific Partnership there is repeatedly an entitlement issue and expectation that decisions be fair towards corporations – most of these corporations being the same ones that are polluting, destroying, consuming and skirting around their responsibilities. When a decision or process does not support these corporations, their spokespeople come back and claim it to be “unfair” and, like a...
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To Drill or Not to Drill Oil-rhetoric is an accurate litmus test for media bias and this last week’s development with Shell and the Arctic has opened the door for everyone to show their true colors. Shell’s decision to stop drilling in the Arctic Ocean may be more of a business decision than anything else (though I question that), but the analysis makes it clear where people, companies, and governments stand on the issue of oil, growth, tax revenue and eating up natural resources to serve mankind’s wealth needs. Let’s start with Vox’s article Shell is Abandoning its Controversial Plans to Drill for Oil in the Arctic....
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What is below is "Grist Daily" from July 15, 2014. Look at these stories. To me, probably to most of us, the common connection -- and causal factor -- is so obvious and so important.   Why do they miss it? What would it take? Can we have some impact or influence to getting the media to see and point out the connections?        Grist Daily Jul 15, 2014 View in browser     America's largest reservoir is hitting new record lows every day The drought and overuse of Colorado River water has led to an epic decline in water...
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Vermont Burke Ski Area Proposes Massive Expansion Vermont's statewide news paper covers this story and there are two posts mentioning growthbusters! http://vtdigger.org/2014/06/03/anc-bio-project-approved-ground-broken-burke-mountain/?utm_source=VTDigger+Subscribers+and+Donors&utm_campaign=5181aeaa84-Weekly+Update&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dc3c5486db-5181aeaa84-405533673...
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http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/national/childless-people-hurt-economy/article_d0fbe0ca-d6d0-11e3-9f7c-0019bb2963f4.html Another chicken little story about the impending collapse of the economy because of falling birthrates. Choice quote: "For those who fear an overcrowded planet, this is good news. For the economy, not so good."...
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Anti-Anti-Growth Bro Needs to Come Back to the Real World http://thebreakthrough.org/index.php/voices/roger-pielke-jr/keeping-the-poor-poor Unfortunately, Pielke Jr. gets around. Yesterday, I noticed him quoted in an NBC.com article. He writes a range of crank shit about climate and related topics. Reading about something unrelated, I found his blog and the story below. A commenter implies that they used similar arguments in public debates with growth debunker Al Bartlett at CU-Boulder.  Pielke mentions that "UN population projections now foresee the end of population growth later this century" with no further comment, as though these projections foresee a smooth landing to the population crisis, rather than the inevitable crash. On overconsumption, he concedes "Such concepts reflect...
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