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COP15: The Good, the Bad, and the SmuglyJanuary 19, 2023 /5 Comments/in Animal Welfare, Biodiversity, Brian Czech, Climate Change, Economic Policy, Environment, Politics, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald /by Brian Czech
by Brian Czech
On a scale of one to ten, COP15—the UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal last month—was a solid five. That may not sound like a ringing endorsement, but it represents significant progress from prior COPs, which dabbled along in the one or two range for the better part of three decades. The progress was evident from the start, when UN Secretary General António Guterres kicked off the conference by noting,
Fusion Energy: A Different TakeJanuary 5, 2023 /22 Comments/in Energy, Environment, Gary Gardner, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald, Sustainability /by Brian Czech
by Gary Gardner
The recent news that scientists moved a step closer to fusion energy was greeted with enthusiasm and awe in much of the media, a bright spot of cheer amid the ongoing drumbeat of existential global threats. Only the most cynical of curmudgeons could pooh-pooh this hopeful development—right?
After all, energy is the foundation of human development. Civilizational advance is a tale of ongoing successes in shaping energy for human ends.
Ending Planned Obsolescence: a Nonpartisan Movement for Steady Staters to SupportDecember 21, 2022 /8 Comments/in Politics, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald, Sustainability, Technology /by Brian Czech
by Rosalie Bull
“Planned obsolescence” has become a household term for 21st century Americans. No wonder, considering that most household appliances today have been designed in accordance with the practice. Now more than ever, things just aren’t made like they used to be. In fact, they’re made to fail—often within a fraction of their potential lifespans—in order to spur more consumption.
A Primer on Economic Growth and Biodiversity Conservation for COP15December 1, 2022 /3 Comments/in Animal Welfare, Biodiversity, Brian Czech, Economic Growth, Endangered Species, Environment, Governance, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald, Sustainability /by Brian Czech
by Brian Czech
With COP15 coming up, it’s time to don the old conservation biologist hat and proffer a primer on the relationship between economic growth and biodiversity conservation. The last thing we want is a COP15 devoid of discussion about the fundamental conflict between growing the economy and conserving biodiversity. In fact, the 800-pound gorilla—GDP growth—ought to be front and center.
For the uninitiated, COP15 is the UN Biodiversity Conference,
In Commemoration: A Sampling of Herman DalyNovember 17, 2022 /7 Comments/in Brian Czech, Herman Daly, Peace, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald /by Brian Czech
by Herman Daly (posthumously) — Introduction by Brian Czech
Given the recent, tragic passing of Herman Daly, we allocate this week’s Steady State Herald to the wise words of Daly himself. From 2010-2018, Herman was a regular contributor to The Daly News, CASSE’s blog before the Herald was launched. (Herman’s modesty almost prevented us from naming the blog after him, but he was outnumbered by CASSE staff and board,
Slow is Beautiful: The Need to DecelerateNovember 10, 2022 /9 Comments/in Brian Czech, Degrowth, Jobs and Employment, Postgrowth, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald, Sustainability, Technology /by Brian Czech
by Greg Mikkelson
Brian Czech once likened modern economic growth to a runaway train. This metaphor drives home the point that to save nature and humanity from an ecological train wreck, the most important thing is to decelerate the global economy. Unfortunately, much writing on environmental protection neglects this imperative and fixates instead on what we must accelerate.
For example, the must-read Living Planet Report,
Herman Daly (1938-2022): Up to the Steady State EconomyNovember 3, 2022 /26 Comments/in Brian Czech, Herman Daly, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald /by Brian Czech
by Brian Czech
Herman Daly, the champion of steady-state economics, passed away in the presence of beloved family members on October 28, 2022. In the process, a world in dire need of Herman’s wisdom became a lesser place. Yet we can be grateful for the 84 years he graced the earth and for the legacy he’s left us.
An excellent festschrift edited by Joshua Farley, a sweeping biography by Peter Victor,
Three Senate Races for Steady Staters to MonitorOctober 27, 2022 /0 Comments/in Brian Czech, Economic Policy, Politics, Steady State Herald /by Brian Czech
by Brian Czech
Election Day is almost upon us. Along with the 435 House seats are thirty-five seats for grabs in the Senate. Our focus here is on the Senate races, given their high-profile candidates, substantial policy stakes, and excellent examples of growthmanship gone amuck (literally, in some agricultural cases).
Candidates fall along a spectrum—theoretically at least—from a degrowth to a pro-growth stance. It’s a “theoretical” spectrum because, at this point in the history of the USA,
Hurricane Ian: A Profoundly Polluting EventSeptember 29, 2022 /7 Comments/in Brian Czech, Climate Change, Economic Policy, Environment, Food and Agriculture, Steady State Economy, Steady State Herald /by Brian Czech
by Brian Czech
If you’re a steady stater, I know what you’re thinking about Hurricane Ian. For starters, of course, you’re deeply concerned about any family or friends you may have in Florida, along with folks in general along Ian’s path. But you’re also wondering, “What about the pollution?”
The marine pollution that accompanies coastal flooding, most notably from violent hurricanes, is probably ignored by the majority of folks,