Journalists Contribute to Power Gridlock
Sweltering heat is sweeping the nation, ushering in fears that the âslammedâ power grid wonât be able to meet the demands of consumers desperate to keep cool.
But as much as journalists now focus on that threat, they have largely ignored nationwide power issues while rabid environmentalists have battled nuclear and coal power plants.
Even as recently as June when President Bush was promoting nuclear power, CNNâs Brianna Keilar attacked the prospect from the left saying, âat least one nuclear watchdog group says they donât believe that this facility should even be operational.â
But CNN didnât stop there. Anchor Don Lemon tried to scare viewers: âBrianna, youâre awfully close to all the controls there. You could just turn around and flip a switch and who knows what would happen.â
The media have been flipping the switch to off. Journalists have been on a green kick since before âAn Inconvenient Truth,â hyping âLive Earth,â cooing over Al Gore, even pressuring him to run for president, and buying into global warming hysteria. NBC and its affiliates even devoted 75 hours of airtime to cover the âglobal warming awarenessâ Live Earth concerts July 7, which included opposition to coal and nuclear power.
âThereâs global warming pollution, principally CO2, from burning coal, burning oil, and burning gasoline âŠ And thatâs causing radical changes that we have to stop causing,â said former vice president Al Gore on NBCâs âTodayâ July 5.
Gore, who gets plenty of airtime from the news media, asked all âLive Earthâ attendees and viewers to sign his seven-point pledge, which includes this anti-coal power proposition:
âTo fight for a moratorium on the construction of any new generating facility that burns coal without the capacity to safely trap and store the CO2.â
Gore and his eco-extremist brethren would oppose increasing the power supply with any source that creates carbon emissions. But even when a âcleanâ alternative is presented such as nuclear power, many of the enviros still argue against it, and get some help from the news media discouraging it as an alternative by spreading fear and relying on the arguments of left-wing groups.
Still, news shows are worried about blackouts. ABCâs âGood Morning America,â CNNâs âAmerican Morning,â CBS âEvening Newsâ and others have reported on the prospect.
â[California] in their fourth day of that heat, and itâs reminding them of the 11 record-breaking days of last year that they had that â slammed the power grid and also killed an awful lot of people out there. Theyâre beginning to wonder if it could happen again,â said GMAâs Sam Champion on July 6.
CNNâs Jim Acosta explained on âAmerican Morningâ that energy analysts are very concerned if new power plants are not built:
â[T]he next crisis is looming unless the nation starts building new power plants within five to seven years. Energy analysts fear the return of the blackout of â03,â said Acosta on July 9.
âBlack Gold or Black Deathâ?
Reporter Matthew L. Wald accused the firm of taking part in âan emerging environmental catastrophe,â and didnât cite a single company representative until nearly the 1,000-word mark.
Instead, Wald relied on criticism from left-wing environmental groups like Public Citizen, the
NBCâs Brian Williams condemned coal in 2002 for playing a part in climate change.
âWhen did scientists first suspect that global warming might result from human activities? The answer: way back in 1896, the first theory that emissions from coal burning would lead to global warming. And here we are 106 years later still fighting about it,â Williams said on âNightly Newsâ Apr. 22, 2002.
âCBS Evening Newsâ even passed off coal industry critic Jeff Goodell as an unbiased âexpertâ shortly before he released his anti-coal book: âBig Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind Americaâs Energy Future.â Bob Schieffer didnât inform CBS viewers about the book in the Jan. 3, 2006, broadcast. The next day, Jan. 4, Goodell ran an op/ed in The New York Times entitled âBlack Gold or Black Death.â
Nuclear Industry Powerless to Grow
Later that same year, a series of concerts bore the title âNo Nukesâ â bringing together left-wing performers like Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. Just like the Live Earth events, those were more about policy than performance. That same anti-nuclear presence could also be found at Live Earth â mostly among the Australian bands some of whom wore T-shirts that read âSay no to nuclear energy.â
Ironically, nuclear energy offers an emissions-free alternative. Some environmentalists support it, including Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, but many do not. And even when reporters have something positive to say about nuclear power, they offset it with worries about the danger.
âNightly Newsâ anchor Brian Williams also reminded viewers of Three Mile Island and
Media opposition to nuclear power has a long history. In 1985, ABC preempted evening coverage to present a three-hour program called âThe Fire Unleashedâ which treated nuclear weapons and nuclear power as âmalevolent Siamese Twins,â according to the book âThe Media Eliteâ by S. Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman and Linda S. Lichter.
The Department of Energy projects that by 2025, the
Wind and solar power are both hyped by the media and promoted by greens, but even radical environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (as well as his uncle Senator Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.) was anti-wind power when it came to his âbackyard.â According to Grist.org an environmental publication, RFK Jr. has been âan outspoken opponentâ of the wind-power project off Nantucket Sound.
Solar power is too expensive for ordinary Americans. One solar-hydrogen powered house, praised by The Christian Science Monitor as âutopian,â cost $500,000 â but
And even hydroelectric power â a renewable energy source â gets condemned by the greens, who have sought dam removals across the country because they care more about fish than electricity for humans. A BMI study found that ABC, CBS and NBC ignored that story altogether in 13 months of coverage, ignoring the hypocrisy of the environmentalists in question.