’60 Minutes’ Reports Nonexistent ‘Cleantech Crash’

Recently the CBS so-called “news” show “60 Minutes” has presented stories about a nonexistent epidemic of Social Security disability fraud, a nonexistent conspiracy regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and offered a one-sided infomercial for the National Security Agency’s widespread warrantless surveillance of Americans.

Last night on “60 Minutes,” Leslie Stahl offered us a straight-up hit job on clean energy, touting an imaginary “Cleantech Crash.”

“60 Minutes” is apparently unaware that the DOE Loan Guarantee Program has a whopping 97 percent success rate, while the companies CBS focuses on such as Solyndra and Abound Solar were just three percent of the portfolio.

Stahl claimed that domestic natural gas production was a form of clean energy, but never mentioned the adverse environmental and health effects of gas well fracking, and she never mentioned climate change at all.

This is the kind of fact-free “journalism” that we’ve come to expect from the Faux News Channel. In reality, renewable energy has become our the largest source of new electric capacity, led by wind power.

More info:
What’s The Matter With 60 Minutes?: Cleantech Edition
13 Major Clean Energy Breakthroughs Of 2013
60 Minutes Report Denounced For Disability Misinformation
NSA Report Means More Trouble For 60 Minutes
60 Minutes Benghazi Witness Even Less Credible Than Previously Imagined

UPDATE: Anatomy Of A Hit Job: Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on January 6, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    The producers of Sixty Minutes should be forced to live in Salt Lake during the winter. That would surely make them less inclined to dog the clean energy market.

    Why is Germany able to make it work while we can’t?

  2. #2 by brewski on January 6, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Explain what you mean by “make it work”.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/problems-prompt-germany-to-rethink-energy-revolution-a-852815.html

    German price for electricity per kWh = 36.25 cents

    Utah price for electricity per kWh = 10.10 cents

    So are you advocating that we increase retail electricity prices by 259%

    Good luck with that.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on January 6, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I consider my electricity prices to be a bargain compared to my gas bill. Who doesn’t?

    Who wouldn’t pay more to breath?

  4. #4 by brewski on January 6, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Larry,
    How many times have you ever been to a public service commission meeting where any utility asks for a rate increase? Who are the ones at those meetings lining up arguing against the increase? Liberals!

    • #5 by Larry Bergan on January 7, 2014 - 4:47 pm

      Really? You go to public service commission meetings and ask people if they’re liberal or not?

      Liberals didn’t kill the electric car.

      • #6 by brewski on January 9, 2014 - 9:19 am

        Don’t need to ask them. They say so.

  5. #8 by Richard Warnick on January 10, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Call On 60 Minutes For A Correction

    Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national community of over 850 business leaders, is calling on CBS to correct their most recent 60 Minutes report, “The Cleantech Crash.” Simultaneously, a climate change advocacy group is calling for CBS to appoint a public editor to investigate its one-sided story, which followed a string of poor reporting from the program.

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