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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]

Like Michael Jordan Playing Baseball

February 7, 2014 by Robert Rapier

60 Minutes and Cleantech

Cleantech often requires much longer time horizons and higher capital expenditures before a VC has a chance of seeing a return on the investment. You can’t really afford to have a 10 percent success rate if that entails building 10 capital intensive biofuel plants before achieving success.[read more]

The Cleantech Crash: 60 Minutes Asks the Wrong Question

January 13, 2014 by James Greenberger

Lesley Stahl’s segment on 60 Minutes last Sunday entitled the “Cleantech Crash” has been the subject of much commentary. The segment largely reiterates the popular storyline that the U.S. Department of Energy wasted billions of dollars on worthless Cleantech investments.[read more]

The Cleantech Revolution and 60 Minutes' Failure

January 12, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

60 Minutes and Cleantech

On Sunday, January 5th the venerable TV news magazine 60 Minutes aired a segment called the Cleantech Crash. According to the report, the billions of dollars of government money poured into clean energy has essential come to nothing – or very little at best. Really?[read more]

60 Minutes: The Rest of the Story

January 10, 2014 by Robert Rapier

60 Minutes and Filling in the Gaps

Since 60 Minutes aired The Cleantech Crash on Sunday night, I have gotten quite a few emails and phone calls seeking more details, comments, or a clarification on my positions. In the previous article I wrote a “Quick Response” to the piece. Today I try to fill in some gaps.[read more]


60 Minutes of Epic Fail and the Real Energy Policy Debates CBS Missed

January 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

60 Minutes and Energy Policy Debates

Part of me doesn’t want to waste anymore digital ink on the CBS 60 Minutes CleanTech Crash segment. It stirs the pot of energy and climate commentators and causes a mini firestorm. It’s clear why: it sidesteps policy debates that are too important to ignore and paints a very one-sided picture.[read more]

Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

January 8, 2014 by Joseph Romm

60 Minutes and Cleantech

“What’s the matter with 60 Minutes?” That was the question that has been asked by many, after the program on Sunday aired a segment that has since been slammed as an very inaccurate portrayal of the state of the cleantech industry.[read more]

Quick Response on 60 Minutes Story

January 8, 2014 by Robert Rapier

60 Minutes Reaction

I was contacted by 60 Minutes because I have written a lot about flaws in our energy policies which ultimately resulted in a lot of wasted tax dollars, particularly on biofuel projects. I am no foe of cleantech. I have worked off and on in cleantech for many years, and my current job is in cleantech.[read more]

Don't Think of a Cleantech Elephant

January 8, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Cleantech Elephants and 60 Minutes

Don’t think of an elephant. Can you get that elephant out of your mind? I have an elephant in mind now. It’s an elephant called “Cleantech Crash,” a much-discussed 60 Minutes segment that has the blogosphere livid. Now a lot of people may get a very wrong idea about “cleantech.”[read more]

60 Minutes Hit Job On Clean Energy Ignores The Facts

January 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm

60 Minutes and Clean Energy

Clean technology is booming by every key indicator, but you would never know that from Sunday’s 60 Minutes piece touting a “Cleantech Crash.” As documented in a recent Department of Energy report, the only thing in cleantech that is crashing is the cost of key components.[read more]

Reactions to the 60 Minutes program “Shaleionaires”

November 15, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Last night CBS News show 60 Minutes ran a piece on shale gas development (video link, text link).  The consensus among folks who have been following the issue is that while the story didn’t break new ground, it presumably raised the profile of the issue a bit. The Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) story presents a...[read more]

Bloom off the rose

March 1, 2010 by Michael Giberson

After eight years in stealth mode, Bloom Energy had a big week in the media last week.  They opened up on 60 Minutes and picked up mentions everywhere from the New York Times to local newspapers to a zillion blogs (us included).  Much of the discussion was a bit over-excited.  At Green Chip Stocks, Chris Nelder noted that...[read more]

Bloom Energy makes the news

February 24, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Another Silicon Valley start-up out to solve the world’s energy problems, promising “clean, reliable, affordable energy anywhere.”  Sounds good, hope they can deliver. Today’s energy-problem-solver is Bloom Energy.  The company has been around since 2001, quietly developing what it claims is a new fuel-cell technology, much...[read more]

A Very Incomplete Story

May 8, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

I've watched CBS's "60 Minutes" periodically since I was a teenager. Over the decades they've aired fascinating character studies and uncovered dirt in high and low places. But there's one style of reporting that I'd be surprised if they haven't patented by now, because it's so effective at getting viewers riled at their chosen targets....[read more]

Clean Coal: Like It or Not, We Need to Figure It Out

April 28, 2009 by Scott Edward Anderson

We burn coal. We can't ignore it. It's a plentiful resource and fuels the cheap electricity we use everyday. Like it or not, that's the way it is. Don't get me wrong, I hate things like mountaintop removal and the dangers coal-miners have to face every day. But I'm a realist and I don't believe we're going to be able to transition...[read more]