media coverage

Our Energy Vocabulary: The Words We Use for the Stuff We Can't See

April 9, 2015 by Anna P. Goldstein

Energy and Vocabulary

It’s hard to talk about energy. Energy is fundamental to all facets of life on Earth. So it’s no surprise that folks who spend their days talking about energy have had to develop a special vocabulary, in order to have concrete discussions about an enigmatic concept.[read more]


Communicating About Climate Change: 'The Elephant We're All Inside Of'

January 13, 2015 by Jim Pierobon

Climate Change and Communication

How stakeholders communicate about climate change has long been framed by who’s doing the framing more than the information being communicated. I'm curious how various stakeholders – believers, skeptics and deniers alike – are talking about it and who, if anybody, is ‘moving the needle’ in either direction.[read more]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams

Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

Costing Climate: It is All Relative

August 1, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Climate Change and Future Cost

"Based on a leading aggregate damage estimate in the climate economics literature, a delay that results in warming of 3° Celsius above preindustrial levels, instead of 2°, could increase economic damages by approximately 0.9 percent of global output."[read more]

Climate Stories You Missed While Watching The World Cup

June 30, 2014 by Joseph Romm

World Cup and Climate Stories

So you filled in coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s tweeted note to get out of work. And you decided that seeing images of all the flooding in Brazil at the site of the U.S.-German match filled your quota of climate news for the day. Well, we skipped the after-party so we can tell you what you missed.[read more]

Texas 'Fracking Contamination' Report Is an Embarrassing Media Blunder

June 12, 2014 by Steve Everley

A news report from WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth alleges that recent tests “prove” fracking is to blame for methane in a resident’s drinking water aquifer. But the report does nothing to contradict the information showing that shale gas development is unrelated to the methane found in the groundwater.[read more]

Media Figures Out American Climate Beliefs Are Outliers, But Do They Share The Blame?

May 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Coverage and Perception

Scientists have been warning for decades that continued burning of fossil fuels would cause a variety of dangerous symptoms — including worsening heat waves, droughts, deluges, and storm surges. Scientists, unsurprisingly, have turned out to be right.[read more]

The IPCC, the Media, and Risk

April 7, 2014 by David Hone

IPCC and the Media

With much anticipation but little more than 24 hours of media coverage, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the next part of the 5th Assessment Report, with Working Group II reporting on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.[read more]

Living in a Renewables Distortion Field

March 22, 2014 by David Hone

Renewables and Reality


One of the best books I have read in recent years is the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson. In discussing Steve Jobs’ approach to life and business management, Isaacson goes to some length to describe the concept of a Reality Distortion Field.[read more]

When Headlines Obscure Science on Shale Development

January 22, 2014 by Steve Everley

Earlier this month, a Bloomberg News headline made what could only be called a very serious accusation about hydraulic fracturing and shale development: “Study Shows Fracking Is Bad For Babies” was the title of an opinion column by Mark Whitehouse.[read more]

We Need to Have an Adult Conversation About Climate Change

October 24, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

We hear the analogy endlessly: To fix the already unfolding climate change disaster, we need an “Apollo-like effort”, a “man-on-the-moon commitment”. This is a terrible analogy; it’s not just inaccurate, it’s devastatingly inaccurate, to the point of being counterproductive.[read more]

LA Times Won't Publish Letters Pushing Climate Denial, Other 'Errors Of Fact'

October 11, 2013 by Joseph Romm

LA Times and Climate Skepticism

Last week, the LA Times letters editor explained that letters with an untrue basis, such as ones that say there’s no sign humans have caused climate change, do not get printed. Other newspapers should explicitly embrace a similar policy.[read more]

Obama EPA Debunks Activists Who Played Politics with Tragic Floods

October 9, 2013 by Simon Lomax

Comments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the recovery and clean-up efforts following Colorado’s historic floods directly contradict the fear mongering of environmental activists who have played politics with this tragedy since the beginning.[read more]

While the Press Reports Doom and Gloom in Japan, Progress is Made

October 1, 2013 by Milton Caplan

In late August, TEPCO reported a contaminated water leak at Fukushima from storage tanks for water used to cool the reactors, and, examining the news over the past few weeks, it would appear the crisis there is getting worse, not better. But is this really the case?[read more]