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People Care?! Our story today is about a story we covered a couple of weeks ago. The state of Colorado is projected to experience a massive population boom. Journalist Bente Birkeland introduced us to the forecast with compelling insight about the challenges that this boom will present. The publisher of the article, Rocky Mountain PBS, is currently ranking their most viewed stories of the year and this one placed six. Out of hundreds of stories, the article about the population explosion published earlier in December brought in more hits in one day than any other story. Maybe people really do care about things like...
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Shift the Population, Shift the Thinking Coloradoans have gotten word from the Demography Office of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs that the state can expect to see a massive increase in its population between now and 2040 – a 40% increase over the course of 25 years to be exact. It isn’t necessarily surprising. Denver was named one of the top cities to live in by Forbes Magazine in 2015 (We wrote about that HERE), the state is attracting 24 to 35 year olds with its great climate and access to nature, and industries are booming along the Front Range. Cities including Ft. Collins, Greeley, Boulder,...
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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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The Devil's Handshake, Unveiled When a major national newspaper that is recognized internationally gets it right when it comes to the link between economic growth and environmental pollution, my little heart swoons. It is a rare occurrence, but The New York Times did just that with their December 8, 2015 article Smog So Thick, Beijing Comes to a Standstill by Edward Wong. This last week the air quality in Beijing was so bad that the government issued a “red alert” and cautioned people to stay inside. School was cancelled, businesses closed and factories were shut down as people found themselves in a foggy haze of...
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A Short and Sweet Letter to the Editor Makes our Wall of Fame The media might not always cover economic growth appropriately. Often leaving out the ramifications, regularly touting benefits without explaining disastrous consequences and pushing for higher than sustainable numbers leaves the public disconnected from what’s happening. The basic cause and effect is left out of the equation. However, we regular citizens can raise some awareness of our own and one way to do so is the Letter to the Editor. One such letter, published by the Las Vegas Sun, is a good example. It is so short that I am tempted to quote the whole thing right here. Jeb Bush Can’t Keep...
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From Population Alarmism to Population Conscientiousness China’s recent decision to drop their one-child policy is enough of a topic to land several articles here on Growth Bias Busted. What people are saying about the policy is revealing of the way many think about population, its connection to other concerns like climate change, and were responsibility falls. An op-ed in the L.A. Times yesterday caught my attention with a potentially Wall of Shame worthy title: China drops its ‘one-child’ policy, now let’s ban the ‘population bomb’. However, written by author Laurie Mazur of the book A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge, the article is actually...
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