What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Nevada: Lack of Water a Mere Speed Bump on Road to Eternal Growth Yesterday I featured a story on the Wall of Shame about the water level in Lake Mead hitting a record low. The story brought up the fact that the Colorado River was already over-appropriated before Hoover Dam was built, but made no further mention of population growth’s role in slowly killing this river. I scolded reporter Henry Brean for failing to explore the madness of cities that depend on this river, like Las Vegas, continuing to pursue growth. Today I offer an example of that. Here’s another story by Brean, Southern Nevada Delegation Bound For International Water Gathering In Singapore, with a...
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Lake Mead Sinks To A Record Low We could pretty much pile ALL the reporting on the California drought into one big Wall of Shame post for completely ignoring the obvious imbalance between water supply and population in the American West. These types of crises happen when a region is in overshoot. But today I’ll just pick on Henry Brean and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the latest offense. “Lake Mead sank to a record this week, its surface nudging downward a few tenths of an inch late Wednesday night to 1,081.82 feet above sea level.” Lake Mead Sinks to a Record Low is a headline we’d all...
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Two Out of Three Countries ‘Ecologically Overshot’ - Population Matters It was easy to miss the rare gem amid the avalanche of World Population Day stories before and after the official day on July 11. So it was with the Overshoot Index published by the UK’s Population Matters. The Index’s announcement was refreshingly frank: “Two out of three countries are already consuming more individually than each can produce sustainably from its own resources…. This position can only worsen as population and consumption rise.” The folks at Population Matters have crunched data provided by the Global Footprint Network to rank individual nations according to how well they do at living within their...
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Rupert Murdoch: Health, Safety & Environment Hamper Piggy Bank Growth Global media mogul and growth-pusher/profiteer Rupert Murdoch makes today’s Wall of Shame for pushing G20 member nations to get out of the way of corporations so they can kick economic growth into higher gear. “We live in a world where we pat ourselves on the back if our economy achieves 2 per cent or 2? per cent growth even though we have ever-growing numbers of unemployed and under-employed…. Meanwhile, in China, achieving 7 per cent growth would be considered a slump.” Murdoch is one of the world’s richest, a billionaire, but he thirsts for more. This story in The Australian included Murdoch’s...
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Kunstler: Reality-Optional Economics It’s no secret we admire brutal honesty around here. This is adult swim, but here we are beating around the bush about the critical issues of our time, because everyone’s so certain we can’t handle the truth. Except James Howard Kunstler. This guy has built a reputation on pulling no punches, and his latest essay is no exception. Of course I love it, so here it is on the Wall of Fame. “The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in...
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