Journalism & Media

'60 Minutes' CleanTech Segment Disputed By Former DOE Loan Boss

"WASHINGTON -- '60 Minutes' last Sunday ran a segment on what it described as the 'crash' of the clean tech industry, detailing perceived failures in government support for the development of clean energy and other advanced technology. That segment has been widely criticized for leaving out crucial information about the state of the clean tech sector and over-emphasizing governmental failures."

Source: Huffington Post, 01/09/2014

"Energy Reporters Criticize 60 Minutes' 'Poor Piece of Journalism'"

"A 60 Minutes segment claiming that federal government efforts to encourage clean tech -- the production and use of alternative energy sources and more efficient technology -- have failed drew some harsh disagreement among reporters covering the energy beat who say the negative report ignored many successes and focused too narrowly on a few unsuccessful companies."

Source: Media Matters, 01/08/2014

The Year Ahead in Environment and Energy — 2014

SEJ and Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program presented the 2nd Annual "Year Ahead in Environment and Energy" event, January 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. Watch the archived webcast here. Bloomberg BNA's Larry Pearl began with an overview of the key legislative, regulatory, and legal developments expected in 2014, followed by a roundtable with six top journalists covering local, national, and international environmental issues, moderated by Douglas Fischer, editor of The Daily Climate (pictured).

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"What's Driving Chaotic Dismantling of Canada's Science Libraries?"

"Scientists say the closure of some of the world's finest fishery, ocean and environmental libraries by the Harper government has been so chaotic that irreplaceable collections of intellectual capital built by Canadian taxpayers for future generations has been lost forever."

Source: The Tyee, 12/31/2013

Glitter Gets Environmental Protesters Charged With Bioterrorism Hoax

"It's not uncommon for environmental protesters to face arrest, but here's an apparent first: On Friday, Oklahoma City police charged a pair of environmental activists with staging a 'terrorism hoax' after they unfurled a pair of banners covered in glitter -- a substance local cops considered evidence of a faux biochemical assault."

Source: Mother Jones, 12/23/2013

"Big Food Companies Want To Call GMO Foods 'Natural'"

"Is genetically engineered food natural? The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a trade group representing some of the world’s biggest food and food-related companies, including ConAgra Foods, Bayer CropScience, and the Coca-Cola Company, thinks so. And it’s pressing the Food and Drug Administration to see things its way."

Source: Grist, 12/23/2013

Thanks and Happy New Year from SEJ

SEJ's work in 2013 was made possible with the generous support of members and many individual friends, foundations and partners. Please read SEJ's abbreviated 2013 Annual Report of Activities.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible gift supporting the organization's ambitious 2014 agenda to sustain environmental journalists and journalism. Thank you!

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